President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep anguish over the air crash that claimed the lives of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers, presidential media adviser, Femi Adesina, said in a statement Friday night.
According to the statement, the President condoled with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”
While praying that God receives the souls of the patriots, the President says the crash “is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.”
The President pledged that the departed would not die in vain.
Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru was appointed Chief of Army Staff in January this year following the resignation of the erstwhile Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, alongside other Service Chiefs.