*As army cancels parade by recruits into NDA
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that Lt.-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other crew members who died in a military plane crash shall not be in vain.
The President gave the pledge over the air crash that claimed top military officers on Friday evening at the Kaduna airport.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina in a statement, said Buhari is deeply saddened over tragedy and expressed his condolences with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general.
According to Buhari, “the departed would not die in vain”.
He also described victims of the crash 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.
On October 2012, a serving Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa along with Mr. Owoye Andrew Aziza, National Security Adviser (NSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan and four others, died in a naval helicopter crash in Okoroba Village, Bayelsa State.
They were returning to Port-Harcourt Airport from the funeral of Oronto Douglas’s father.
In the mean time, the United States and the United Kingdom have mourned Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Attahiru Ibrahim, and 10 others who lost their lives in a plane crash on Friday.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, in a tweet on Friday described the death of Attahiru and others as “unfortunate”.
“Profoundly shocked & saddened by this terrible news. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and all who so tragically lost their lives.
“I have sent condolence messages to @CDS_Nig, Chief of Staff to @MBuhari,” the UK representative in Nigeria tweeted.
Similarly, the the US Mission in Nigeria regretted the loss of Attahiru and others.
It said the Nigerian officials died at a time that security is needed in the country.
“We join Nigerians in mourning the tragic loss of life from today’s plane crash. The death of the Chief of @HQNigerianArmy Staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru is a tremendous loss to Nigeria, and his loved ones.
“During this difficult time across Nigeria when security and peace is so needed, we offer our deepest sympathy to the family of General Attahiru and to the families of all those who perished,” it tweeted.
Also, former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku lamented the tragedy.
He sympathized with President Muhammadu Buhari with families of the ill-fated plane over the loss and prayed God to comfort them in their moments of grief.
Atiku wrote: “It is a dark day for the nation. The loss of COAS Major Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and others today sends a rude shock across Nigeria and our friends worldwide”.
“I sympathise with the Commander-in-Chief and our armed forces on this sad development. May the Attahiru family and other affected families be comforted, and their memories be a blessing”, he said.
I’m deeply shaken with a sense of great personal loss — El-Rufai
Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, says the news has left him deeply shaken, with a sense of great personal loss after Attahiru’s appointment had brought immense pride and a sense of hope to the people of Kaduna State.
El-Rufa’i said described the late military Chief as a shiny star whose sudden death has robbed Nigeria of an officer striving to bring the new drive to secure the Country against terrorists and other threats to national security.
The Governor who spoke through Mr. Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State in a statement, prayed God to grant families of the air crash the fortitude to bear the loss and the repose of the souls of the departed.
His counterpart in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki in a statement, expressed shock and sadness over the unfortunate incident, praying that God will grant the repose of their souls.
“We pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident and admonish the military to continue with the patriotic efforts to secure the country,” he said.
“Lt. Gen. Attahiru served Nigeria meritoriously, bringing his skill, experience and expertise to bear in prosecuting the war against terror.
“He will always be remembered for his gallantry, commitment to service and dedication to our fatherland,” Obaseki added.
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki said: “Tonight, as the nation mourns the passing of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and the ten military personnel that were onboard the aircraft that crashed in Kaduna, I send my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to their families.
“Undoubtedly, this is a difficult loss for the entire Armed Forces — especially at this time when we are confronted by insecurity on several fronts. It is my prayer that Almighty Allah (SWT) grants the families and the Armed Forces the strength that is needed at this time”.
In honour of those who were killed in the plane crash, the Nigerian Army has canceled the Passing-Out-Parade of 80 Regular Recruit Intake.
Attahiru, was billed to be the reviewing officer at the Passing-Out-Parade of the 80 Regular Recruit Intake in Zaria, Kaduna State.
THE LIST OF OF THE FLIGHT CREW AND OTHER PERSONS ON BOARD BELOW:
*LT GEN I ATTAHIRU.
*BRIG GEN MI ABDULKADIR.
*BRIG GEN OLAYINKA.
*BRIG GEN KULIYA.
*MAJ LA HAYAT.
FLT LT TO ASANIYI
FLT LT AA OLUFADE.