The Army has announced funeral plans for the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Ibrahim Attahiru, and six other senior officers who died in a plane crash on Friday.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Mohammed Yerima, said the late COAS and six other senior officers would be interred at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja by 1p.m on Saturday.
The event would be preceded with prayers at the National Mosque and National Christian Centre, Abuja by 10 a.m. respectively.
Femi Adesina, Media Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, in a release Friday night condoled with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing the late senior Army officers as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”
The president said the crash is a “mortal blow, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.”
Mohammad Abdulkadir, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, described as a rude shock the death of Attahiru, barely four months in the saddle.
In a statement on Saturday in Abuja, Magashi condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and the Nigerian Army in particular as well as his immediate family and Nigeria in general.
He described late Attahiru as a gallant, dogged, disciplined and dedicated senior officer who died in the line of duty to his fatherland. The minister recalled the late COAS’s unblemished track records of service to the nation as Director Army Public Relations (DAPR), Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole and as General Officer Commanding, GOC.
Attahiru’s dedication to service was reason for his elevation to the enviable three-star status as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) in January, says the Minister of Defence.
He also added that the emergence of Attahiru as army boss at such a critical time in the nation’s efforts at surmounting internal security challenges is symbolically strategic but impactful in the annals of the service.