Retired Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the immediate past Chief of Army Staff and Ambassador Designate, has expressed shock and sadness over the plane crash that took the lives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and some senior Military officers.
In a statement, the former Chief of Army Staff sympathized with President Mohammadu Buhari and the families of the departed souls.
‘’I would like to, on behalf of my family, reiterate my deepest sympathy and condolences to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria, the families of the deceased, the Honourable Minister of Defense, the Chief of Defense, the Chief of Air Staff, gallant officers, soldiers and airmen of the Armed Forces of Nigeria over the passing away of these courageous, loyal and patriotic Nigerians in line of duty.” He said.
While condoling with the Armed Forces of Nigeria, he urge them to close ranks and make sure that the legacies of those who gave their lives, in the line of duty and patriotic service to the nation, lives on by consolidating on the gains made in the various operations. In his words: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these great heroes. May the Almighty Allah grant them eternal rest, Amin.’’
General Buratai described the incident as tragic loss to all Nigerians and peace-loving people as the late General Attahiru and those officers who died along with him were top-level officers whose records of service were meritorious.
“This unfortunate incident deeply saddens me as it robbed us of the services of the Chief of Army Staff who, since he took over from me, had left no one in doubt as regards his determination to succeed in the various military operations across the country. He was at the verge of making the nation proud in the counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism efforts when this tragedy occurred. I do not doubt his ability as he had served under me in various capacities and was well grounded for the job with active support and collaboration of his colleagues.” The statement read.
Retired Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai
Recall that Lieutenant General Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), the Acting Chief of Military Intelligence, Acting Provost Marshal (Army), the Aide-de-Camp and the Acting Deputy Director Finance in the office of the COAS, his Orderly, as well as the pilots and crew were in the aircraft that crash on May 21, 2021 at Kaduna Airport.