22 May 2021 by Bilkisu Kambai
The Northern Governors Forum has expressed shock over the death of the chief of army staff, Lt. Gen.Ibrahim Attahiru in an air crash involving an airforce plane in Kaduna.
This is contained in a statement by Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong by his Director of press and Public affairs Makut Simon Macham in jos.
The statement says the Forum is distressed over the sad incident which claimed the lives of the Army Chief and other officers and men of the Nigerian armed forces who were on an official assignment in the cause of advancing the security and peace of the country.
According to the statement this is another sad day in the history of the nation as it lost patriotic Nigerians who gave their lives to the defence of the territorial integrity of the country, and also ensuring that citizens live in peace and security.
The statement stresses that Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru was a committed soldier whose passion for defending Nigeria was very clear throughout his military career even before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff.
According to the statement Since his appointment, the forum has engaged him as a body and individually as Governors towards enhancing the security and safety of their States, region and the nation at large.
It states that Within the few months he held sway, they have seen improvements and high resolve to bringing an end to insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities and have been working on consolidating this before the tragic incident that took his life and others working with him.
The statement condoles with the President, the Nigerian Army and families of the deceased officers stressing that the sad event is deeply regrettable but should not deter the Armed Forces from giving their best in the service of the nation just as the deceased COAS, officers and men did before their tragic death.
It prays God to grant the deceased eternal rest and comfort their families.