Northern Governors Sad over Army Chief’s Death in Plane Crash
By Seriki Adinoyi
The Northern Governors Forum has expressed deep shock over the death of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and his entourage in an air crash in Kaduna, describing the incident as sad.
Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong in a statement said the forum was distressed that the Army Chief and other officers and men of the Nigerian armed forces died while on official assignment in the course of advancing the security and peace of the country.
Describing it as another sad day in the history of the nation, Lalong lamented that the country had lost patriotic Nigerians who gave their lives to the defence of the territorial integrity of the country, and also ensuring that its citizens live in peace and security.
He said, ” Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru was a committed soldier whose passion for defending Nigeria was very clear throughout his military career even before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff. Since his appointment, we have engaged him as Northern Governors Forum and individually as Governors towards enhancing the security and safety of our states, region and the nation at large.
“Within the few months he held sway, we have seen improvements and high resolve to bringing an end to insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities. We had been working on consolidating this before this tragic incident that took his life and that of others working with him. We are highly shocked and pained”.
While condoling President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army, families of the deceased officers and men, as well as the entire Nigerian Armed Forces, the Governors said the sad event was deeply regrettable but should not deter the Armed Forces from giving their best in the service of the nation just as the deceased COAS, officers and men did before their tragic death.