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.
The Nigerian leader’s reaction is contained in a statement released by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina late Friday, May 21.
The president condoled 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, President Buhari said 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.
Attahiru and some senior military officers died in a military plane crash in Kaduna on Friday evening, May 21.
While some media reports claimed a total of eight persons died in the crash, others put the number of casualty at 12.