The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described the death by a plane crash of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, other members of his entourage and the flight crew as a tragic moment for the entire country.
In a statement by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiji and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO condoled with the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Officers and Men of the Army and Air Force, and the families of the deceased officers, who died on active duty to secure our dear country.
BMO proudly recalls how the late General Attahir swung into action immediately after he was appointed Army Chief of Staff by President Buhari, rigorously applying himself to rid the country of criminality and defeating the insurgency. General Attahir offered no excuses or tried to buy time but instead injected intensity and urgency into the fight against the enemies of our country.
“General Attahir will be remembered as the quintessential warrior who took the battle to the bandits and put them to the sword. It was clear from the first moments of his brief stint as COAS that not only was he the best man for the job, but he was also roundly equipped and had a firm grasp of the nuances and exigencies of the battle he faced.
“Like a General with a sense of mission and no time to spare, he mobilised his troops and put in place adequate measures that countermanded the effrontery of the bandits, meeting them on their turf, inflicting heavy casualty on their ranks and systematically eliminating the threat they posed to peace and national security. To his eternal credit, numerous hot spots from where kidnapping and sundry banditry tormented ordinary Nigerians who could no longer travel freely across the country or perform their everyday chores, have been secured and free movement restored. In the few parts of the country where pockets of lawlessness still exist, there is no doubt our gallant military and other security agencies are now on top of the situation and steadily restoring normalcy. The bandits have lost a tormentor, but Nigeria remembers a visionary and committed officer who led from the frontline.
“We, therefore, urge Officers and Men of the Nigerian Army and the entire Air Force family to take heart and not to become despondent over the death of their Commander and comrades. They paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our beloved country safer and more united. BMO believes that the most significant way to immortalise them is to relentlessly sustain the war against banditry and the insurgency until final victory is achieved”.
BMO fervently prays the Almighty to comfort the immediate families of the fallen heroes. “We pray to God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. They should take solace in the knowledge that their loved ones, in the finest tradition of brave warriors, fought their way to immortality; they paid the supreme price for the country they loved and served unreservedly and which they elected to defend with their lives.