- In honour of the late Army chief, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, events marking the Nigerian Navy's 65th anniversary will not be holding
- The Army chief and 10 other military personnel lost their lives in an ill-fated flight that crashed in Kaduna
- The deceased will be laid to rest on Saturday, May 22, in Abuja
The Nigerian Navy has announced the cancellation of events marking its 65th Anniversary.
The directive came from the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo. This action was taken to honour the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, and some senior officers, who met their untimely death on Friday, May 21, in Kaduna.
In a statement released by the director of information, Navy headquarters, Suleman Dahun, seen by Legit.ng, Gambo commiserated with the nation.
He also expressed his deepest sympathy and that of the Nigerian Navy to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force as well as the families of the departed.
Attahiru was said to be on his way to Kaduna to attend the passing-out parade of army recruits scheduled for Saturday. Unfortunately, the Army boss and 10 other officers did not make it as their aircraft crashed.
Following the death of Attahiru and other military officers, President Buhari was on Friday, May 21, briefed by Bashir Magashi, the minister of defence.
Buhari expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident. According to him, the death of Attahiru and other military officers was a mortal blow to Nigeria's underbelly.
He also condoled with the families of the deceased.
The Nigerian Army had earlier announced that the burial proceedings for the late COAS and six other senior staff will commence on Saturday, May 22, in Abuja.
Legit.ng reported that Mohammed Yerima, the army spokesman, disclosed that the event would commence by 10 a.m. at the National Mosque and National Christian Centre.
The interment will also hold on the same day at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja at 1 p.m.
Source: Legit Nigeria