13 April 2021 By Josiah Buzun
Former Chief of Defence Staff during the regime of the late General Sani Abacha, Lieutenant General Joshua Dogonyaro is dead.
His first son Joseph, who confirmed it said the Late General died today at the Jos University Teaching Hospital at the age of 80 following a brief illness.
Lieutenant General Dogonyaro who was enlisted in the Nigerian Army in 1964 was commissioned Second-Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, 1967.
Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has expressed deep shock over the death of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutanant General Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro, describing him as a patriotic and loyal Nigerian who served with courage, dignity and selflessness.
In a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Makut Simon Macham, Governor Lalong recalled the achievements of late General Dogonyaro during his career in the Army where he held several command positions and accomplished his assignments with tremendous success.
Governor Lalong said Plateau State has lost an elder statesman whose outstanding achievements in his military career brought a lot of pride and honour for the State.
He said the commitment of the deceased towards the defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity and well as ensuring its peace and unity stood him out as a soldier of repute whose professionalism continues to inspire many younger ones”.
Lalong also said his outstanding leadership in the course of Nigeria’s contributions to international peace keeping efforts, particularly when he served as ECOMOG Field Commander in Liberia remains a reference point to the gallantry of the Nigerian Armed Forces.