Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Nigerian Chief of Army Staff and 10 other military officers’ who died in the Beige aircraft mishap in Kaduna State have been buried.
Attahiru and other officers, Brig-general, M. I Abdulkadir, and Brig-General Olayinka. Others are Brig-General kuliya, Major Lawal Hayat, Major Hamza and Sergeant Umar alongside four crew, Asaniyi, A.A Olufade, Sergeant Adesina, ACM Oyedepo’s bodies were interred by the burial party at the national military cemetery at 425p.m. with their beret and boots, amid funeral orations.
The deceased officers were given military honours at the national military cemetery on Saturday in Abuja under intense atmosphere that was full of emotions.
Bodies of deceased officers were lowered by pallbearers while the Chief Imam and other members of his family with their next-of-kins were presented the national flags.
Attendees at the brief funeral church service held at the National Air Force protestant church, Abuja on honour of the deceased, before the burial party began.
A minute silence was observed by the mourners after the prayer for the repose of the souls of the air crash.
This was thereafter followed by three gun salutes and special parade by military personnel who performed the reviled (wake up call) to dead military personnel.
Most military personnel wore arm band to suit the mood of the nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the minister of Information, Lai Mohammed were among the mourners who attended the funeral rites of 55-year-old Attahiru who assumed duty as the 21st Nigeria Chief of Army Staff on January 10, 2021 and 10 other military officers who died in the Beige aircraft mishap that occurred in Kaduna State on Friday evening.
Buhari was represented by the Minister of defence, Bashir Salihi Magashi in company of his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari at the funeral which was also attended by Governors of Yobe (Mai Bala Buni) and Kaduna (Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i) States, and the Sultan of Sokoto, His eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, Nigerian Service Chiefs on the solemn occasion.
Members of the national as well as some States House Assembly and The First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari was represented by Dame Pallen Tallen, minister of Women Affairs were also present.
In his tribute, President Buhari, expressed sadness over the incident.
He said the tragedy marks a trying period of Nigeria, adding that the sacrifices of the departed military personnel cannot be forgotten, adding that the legacies of the late military officers live on.
According to him, “The late Chief of Army Staff inspired confidence and inspired courage in the Nigerian Army under his watch”.
Buhari said the nation will always be remembered for his devotion to his duties with landmark contributions…They will be missed for their uncommon loyalty to Nigeria”.
On his part, the Chief of defence Staff, Mr. Lucky Erhabor, described the late officers as accomplished officers, adding that the tragedy is painful, but not in vain because it will not end the fight against insurgency.
Irabor, assured Nigerians and the Armed Forces in particular to remain undaunted in the fight against insurgency and other violent crimes in Nigeria.
Earlier in a remark, Imam of national Mosque, Abuja, Ahmed Awura, described death as inevitable and urged Nigerians to worship God and prepare for death when it comes.
“My brothers and sisters, if you are looking for reality, this is the reality of life. We should realise that when and how we are going to die, we do not know.
“They will be sick in Nigeria and they will be running away to Dubai and other places. One Day, death would come and we should all prepare for God. I wish you all life and prosperity”, he said.
Our Correspondent reports that bodies of Friday’s plane crash that occurred in Kaduna State have arrived the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja.
The aircraft marked NAF C-130, which touched down around 10: 50 a.m on Saturday, amidst tears, conveyed the remains of Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military Officers, amid tight security