June 23, 2021

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army and the Attahiru family on the tragic death of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.- Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

By Ifeanyi Olannye

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army and the Attahiru family on the tragic death of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.- Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

The governor’s condolence was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika on Saturday in Asaba.

He also condoled with the deceased Doka community, the people of Kaduna North Local Government Area (LGA) and Kaduna State government over the tragedy.

He said that Attahiru, who died in a plane crash along other senior officers on Friday in Kaduna, was appointed the 25th COAS about four months ago, precisely Jan. 26, 2021. He was 54.

He said that the news of the incident was devastating, especially as the nation was in dire need of his services at the critical time of intense fight to win the war against insurgency and banditry.

He said that the deceased had a rich military career, and had held several command positions with distinction, including Theatre Commander, “Operation Lafia Dole’’, an experience the nation hoped to gain from as Army Chief.

“Attahiru had an illustrious military career and served the nation with full dedication and died on active duty. His memories will be difficult to forget.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I send my deepest condolences to Mr President, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Nigerian Army, the government and people of Kaduna State and the family of the departed General,” Okowa said.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased and the senior officers, and for Almighty God to grant his family and families of the other officers, their friends, the Army and the entire Armed Forces the strength needed at this difficult time.(NAN).

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