President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers in an air crash, as “a mortal blow to our underbelly.”
Buhari bemoaned the fact that the incident happened at a time the armed forces were poised to end the security challenges facing Nigeria.
His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘President Buhari expresses shock, sorrow over death of Lt. Gen. Attahiru, others.”
Adesina quoted the President as consoling 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.”
According to the statement, while praying that God receives the souls of the patriots, the President 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.”