President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his sorrow over the air crash that killed Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the Nigerian Army Chief, and other military officers.
In a crash near Kaduna International Airport, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and seven other military officers died Friday evening.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Friday, Buhari expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased.
He called them “heroes who paid the ultimate price for the country’s stability and security.“
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.”
As a result, he promised that the departed would not perish in vain.
The president has however received a brief about the air crash.
This was contained in a statement released via the official Twitter handle of the Buhari Media Organisation.
It reads; “President @MBuhari receives briefing on the Plane crash which led to the death of the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and others in State House on 21st May 2021.”
However, the details of the brief remain undisclosed as at the time of filing this report.
Contrary to a report credited to Leadership newspaper, the wife of the late Chief of Army Staff, Fati Attahiru is alive. She was never on board the ill-fated plane.