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COAS Attahiru: Buhari postpones FEC, Police Council Meetings

In the aftermath of the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other victims of the ill-fated plane crash in Kaduna, the President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has ordered the postponement of the Federal Executive Council.

Attahiru and 10 other officers died in a plane crash in Friday prompting the president to order the national flag to fly at half-mast beginning from Monday to Wednesday in honour of the nation’s fallen heroes.

The FEC meeting will now hold on June 2, 2021, according to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

In a statement issued on Monday, Mustapha also announced that the Police Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday will now hold on June 3.

The statement read, “Further to the directive of Mr. President for the National Flag to fly at half-mast nationwide from 24th 26th May 2021 and the declaration of today, Monday 24th May 2021, as work free-day for members of the Armed Forces, the President has also directed that the Federal Executive Council Meeting scheduled to hold on Wednesday, 26th May 2021 be postponed to Wednesday, 2nd June 2021.

“Similarly, the Police Council Meeting which was earlier scheduled for Thursday 27th May 2021 be postponed to Thursday 3rd June 2021 in honour of the memory of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other Senior Military Officers and Service Men.

“President Muhammadu Buhari urges all citizens to use this period of mourning to pray for the repose of the souls of the departed and strength for the family to bear the painful loss.”

Buhari had come under fire for not attending the burial of the late Army Chief, with many Nigerians questioning his empathy and patriotism.

The president has yet to appoint a replacement for Attahiru, with the nation in a critical stage in the fight against insurgency, banditry and separatist groups.

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