By Ignatius Okorocha
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has described the death of Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru as a personal loss to him just as it is to the bereaved families and the entire nation.
Omo-Agege, in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by , his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity,Yomi Odunuga, said the tragic loss of the Army Chief and 10 others was a rude shock and a great loss to the military hierarchy.
Describing Lt.-Gen. Attahiru as a close friend, he recalled the late COAS’ passionate patriotism and how he enthusiastically congratulated him in January this year, following his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Omo-Agege described the late General as a friend and brother whose sense of duty and positive personal attributes deepen the sense of loss being felt by those who knew him.
“I feel deeply saddened by the loss of this great friend and exemplary Nigerian in whom President Muhammadu Buhari reposed so much trust and confidence about leading the gallant men and women of the Nigerian Army through the current challenges of insecurity towards making Nigeria a safer place for us all.
“I commiserate with members of the family of Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and all other affected officers. This is a deep pain borne of a very grievous loss.
“May God Almighty grant the souls of our gallant fallen ones eternal rest and may He grant members of their families the strength to recover from this irreparable loss and find comfort in the worthy legacies of patriotic service to the Federation.
“As we mourn and pay our last respects to him and the 10 other dutiful officers that we lost in the Kaduna plane crash yesterday, friends, families of the bereaved, the Nigerian military and the entire nation must resolve anew that our faith in God and expectations of overcoming myriads of challenges before us must be sustained,” he stated.