from Maduabuchi Nmeribeh
The Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), has mourned the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), the late Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, describing his sudden death, as a Supreme Price for Nigeria’s unity and security.
The Minister, in a Statement signed by Mohammad Abdulkadri, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, and made available to The AUTHORITY, said the news of the air crash came to him, “as a rude shock.”
He added that, “the death in a plane crash of the 21st Chief of Army Staff, Lt.General Ibrahim Attahiru barely four months in the saddle remains unfortunate.”
He recalled his unblemished track records of service to the nation as Director Army Public Relations,(DAPR), Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole and as General Officer Commending, GOC which culminated into his elevation to the enviable three star status as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) in January this year.
He described his emergence as Army boss at such a critical times in the nation’s efforts at surmounting her internal security challenges as symbolically strategic but impactfully shortlived in the anals of the service.
General Magashi sadly noted that, “although the late General died when his service is needed most, his short but eventful tenure as the Chief of Army Staff and over three decades of dedicated, selfless and patriotic service will never been forgotten.”
He prayed Almighty Allah to forgive Late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and to grant him Alijannat Firidaus as well besiege God to grant the nation, the Military constituency and his beloved family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.