5 June 2021 By Josiah Buzun
President Muhammadu Buhari has described former Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenat General Joshua Dogonyaro as a patriotic, brave and disciplined officer who gave his all to serve Nigeria.
President Buhari stated this at the Funeral Service of the late General in Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Retired Major General Bashir Magashi said the late General Dogonyaro was a thoroughbred officer whose antecedents in the Nigerian Army remained a reference point and motivation to younger officers.
He said Nigeria remains grateful to late General Dogonyaro for his gallantry, patriotism and diligence in service to the nation particularly during his command of ECOMOG troops in Liberia.
Buhari condoled with the family of the deceased, the people and Government of Plateau State over the loss of the General asking them to take solace in his good legacies.
Governor Lalong in his tribute said Plateau State was not grieving over the loss but celebrating a worthy son who made Nigeria and Africa proud throughout his military career.
He said the Late General Dogonyaro left his footprints in the sands of time, noting that the challenge before the country today was to ensure that the sacrifices he and other gallant soldiers made in uniting and keeping Nigeria safe does not go in vain.
In a message the Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon affirmed the testimony of gallantry and selflessness by the late Dogonyaro whom he said showed early signs of greatness shortly after being commissioned into the Army.
Representative of the Liberian President George Weah said the Government and people of Liberia remain eternally grateful to Nigeria and in particular General Dogonyaro and soldiers for the role they played in restoring peace to their country.
COCIN Vice President Reverend Amos Mhozo said the testimony of the deceased who was a committed member of the COCIN Church shows that God can use people no matter their backgrounds to achieve his purpose and propagate his word.
Wife of the late General Mrs. Dogonyaro spoke passionately about the faith of her husband said he gave his best to the nation just as he did to the service of God, saying the family is happy that he was saved and played active role in evangelism before his demise.