The President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has mourned the passing of the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), General Ibrahim Attahiru, and the 10 others in a plane crash in Kaduna on Friday evening.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, who confirmed the crash and deaths said that the flight was bound for the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja before the fatal accident occurred.
“The Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru,” Yerima said in a statement.
“The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew.
“The COAS was en route Kaduna from Abuja on May 21, when the unfortunate incident happened.
“Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon.”
Reacting to the deaths, Buhari said the deceased officers will not die in vain.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers,” read a statement by the presidency.
“The President condoles 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.”