- Buraitai has praised the virtues of late General Ibrahim Attahiru
- The former COAS said Attahiru would have made Nigeria proud
- He added that with him, the fight against terrorism would have had quality breakthrough
The former COAS Lt Gen Rtd, Tukur Buratai has said sent a subtle message to Nigerians: Nigeria would have eventually become a better place if the late Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, had lived long to fulfill his plans for the country.
According to Buratai, the late Attahiru was on the verge of making Nigeria proud before his death, Channels TV reports.
He said the late COAS was determined to succeed in the various military operations across the country, Guardian added.
He said in a statement:
“He was on the verge of making the nation proud in the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism efforts when this tragedy occurred.
“I do not doubt his ability as he had served under me in various capacities and was well-grounded for the job with active support and collaboration of his colleagues."
“This unfortunate incident deeply saddens me as it robbed us of the services of the Chief of Army Staff who had left no one in doubt as regards his determination to succeed in the various military operations across the country."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for an investigation into the recent military plane crash that claimed the life of Attahiru and other military officers.
The spokesperson for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, made the demand in a statement via Facebook on Saturday, May 22.
Ologbondiyan stated that there was also a need to probe the two other crashes which occurred few months ago. The party said it is grieved about the death of General Attahiru, and the other personnel.
Legit.ng also reported that the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and other officers who died in a plane crash on Friday, May 21, in Kaduna have been laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on Saturday.
A live video from the burial ceremony of the deceased heroes was posted on the Facebook page of the Nigerian Army.
In another news, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters has opened up on the cause of the plane crash that resulted in the death of COAS Ibrahim Attahiru and other officers.
According to Onyema Nwachukwu, defence spokesman, although the incident is still being investigated, the crash occurred after the aircraft landed at the Kaduna International Airport following bad weather conditions