A sad day: Northern Governors mourn COAS, Attahiru

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Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru

By Martha Agas

JOS – The Northern Governors Forum has expressed deep shock, over the of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, in an air crash in Kaduna.

The Chairman of the Forum and of Plateau, Mr Simon Lalong in a statement by his of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Macham on Friday in Jos, expressed sadness over the incident.

The COAS died alongside 10 officers and crew members in Kaduna in a Nigeria Airforce (NAF) aircraft, while on official trip Kaduna.

The chairman said the forum was distressed over the of Attahiru and his team, who died in the cause of advancing the security and of the country.

“Today is another sad day in the history of the nation, as has lost patriotic Nigerians who gave their lives the defence of the territorial integrity of the country, and also ensuring that its live in and security.

“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 he held sway, we have seen improvements and high resolve bringing an end 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”.

The while condoling with President , the Nigerian Army, families of the deceased, as well as the entire Nigerian Armed Forces said the incident was deeply regrettable.

He said the situation 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 .

He prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and comfort their families. (NAN)