- Goodluck Jonathan has sent his tribute to honour the memory of late Tolulope Arotile
- Jonathan described her as an inspiration to females in Nigeria
- The former president said that Arotile will always be remembered for her service and legacy
A former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has written a very touching tribute to the late Tolulope Arotile, the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
On his Twitter page, Jonathan described late Arolite as a "brave patriot who pushed her self beyond limits to demonstrate her uncommon love for our dear nation."
The former president said that his administration allowed females into the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) to train as combatants so as to give equal opportunities in the armed forces.
He stated the fact that she stood out as one of the fulfilment of the promises of his administration's manifestoes in the area of gender equality is enough encouragement for him.
Jonathan went on to say that her memory and legacy will remain great sources of inspiration to other Nigerian females.
The former Nigerian leader expressed his deep condolences to the family and colleagues of the late officer.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the sudden and tragic death of Arotile generated reactions from prominent Nigerians.
The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) joined Nigerians to mourn late Arotile, while expressing shock over her demise.
The Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong who serves as the chairman of NGF, on behalf of his colleagues consoled the Arotile family, as well as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the government and people of Kogi state over the sad incident.
The governor who described the late combat helicopter pilot as a promising officer prayed that God would receive her soul and grant her eternal rest.
Lalong went on to note that Arotile had demonstrated a high sense of loyalty, patriotism, and diligence in her service to Nigeria.
He said that the testimony of the officer’s bravery will remain indelible in the history of NAF as well as in the minds of Nigerians.
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