By Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The Northern Governors Forum has described the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, his aides and crew members as another sad day in the history of the nation, saying it has lost patriotic Nigerians who gave their lives to the defence of the territorial integrity of the country.
The also expressed deep shock over the air crash involving an airforce plane, which claimed the lives of the aforementioned in Kaduna on Friday evening.
Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong, through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Simon Macham, said the Forum is distressed over the sad incident which claimed the lives of the Army Chief and other officers and men of the Nigerian armed forces who were on an official assignment in the cause of advancing the security and peace of the country.
Lalong 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.
According to him, “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”, he explained.
Lalong while condoling with the the President and Commander in Chief Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army, families of the deceased officers and men, as well as the entire Nigerian Armed Forces said, “This sad event is deeply regrettable, but should not deter the Armed Forces from giving their best in the service of the nation just as the deceased Chief of Army Staff, officers and men did before their tragic death”.
The Forum prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and comfort their families.