By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Earlier on Monday, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash along with other senior military officers a crew members of the ill- fated plane in Kaduna.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs) Government House Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli.
Governor Yahaya who was accompanied by the Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim Madugu, Special Adviser, Abuja Liaison, Hon. Usman Aliyu Garry and other aides, was received by the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo at the official residence of the late army chief in Niger Barracks, Abuja.
Consoling the wife of the deceased’s COAS, Fatima Attahiru and other members of the family, Governor Yahaya described the death of the late Lt. General Attahiru as heart breaking, especially to his immediate family and associates as well as a monumental loss to the entire nation.
He Consoled Mrs Attahiru and other members of the bereaved family to “take solace in the fact that all mortals shall taste death and we must answer the call of Almighty Allah at one point in time or another”. He prayed Almighty Allah to accept the souls of the departed heroes and grant them eternal rest.
The Governor also used the occasion to commiserate with the President and Commander-in- Chief of the armed forces of the federal republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari over the unfortunate death of the Chief of Army staff and other senior military officers.
Governor Inuwa had in a statement, described the late Chief of Army staff as a gallant officer and fine gentleman who demonstrated courage and exemplary leadership while discharging his duties.
He noted that the late army helmsman was at the forefront since assuming office in leading the fight against insurgency, banditry and other forms threats with renewed vigour to bring enduring peace to the troubled parts of the country and defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria, adding that the officer’s gallantry and heroism will be sorely missed, especially at this trying moment in the history of the nation.