By Bukar Bolori
Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai-Mala Buni, has described the death of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and the other senior military officers in an air crash as a great national loss.
Buni, who is also the Chairman All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee in a statement on Saturday by his spokesman, Mallam Mamman Mohammed,said he was shocked, heartbroken and deeply saddened by the unfortunate air crash that claimed the lives of the Chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and other military officers.
He said: “The demise of these top military officers at this moment when Nigeria needs their services most, is indeed a great loss to the army and Nigeria and the people of the country.
“I therefore condole with His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, the Nigeria Army and the families of the deceased officers.
Buni also described the death of the officers as fallen heroes who laid their lives for the service of the country.
He expressed optimism that Nigeria would overcome the security challenges and emerge victorious .
He said: “The Nigerian Army should re-dedicate itself to defeat the security challenges as a mark of honour and respect to the deceased Chief of Army Staff and the other fallen officers.”
He prayed to God to grant the souls of the deceased officers eternal rest and give their families, government, Nigerian Army and the people of Nigeria the fortitude to bear the huge loss.