Kaduna Crash: Losing Our Officers Have Increased Our Problems, Says President Buhari
- President Muhammadu Buhari says the death of the 11 senior officers who died in a plane crash is a big blow to Nigeria
- The president lamented that the incident has increased Nigeria's insecurity challenges
- President Buhari made the comment while receiving a delegation from the Nigerian Governors Forum
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President Muhammadu Buhari has said the deaths of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other military officers have increased Nigeria’s security challenge.
He regretted that the bad incident happened at a time the country is battling security challenges.
Buhari made the statement on Monday, May 24 when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Governors Forum who came to the Presidential Villa, Abuja to condole with him on the ill-fated air crash that killed the officers on Friday, May 21.
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The Punch quoted the president as saying:
“This is a situation that only God knows when it will happen and it happened at a time when the security situation in the country is a fundamental issue.
“And to lose choice officers has increased our problem but we know what we are in for and we will continue to work hard and pray hard so that God will give us the power to appreciate and apply ourselves to the problem.
“The people who elected us, they know the promises we made within the time…the circumstances which we find ourselves…we will keep on trying and continue to do our best.”
Shortly before his death, the late COAS had charged officers and men of the Directorate of Army Public Relations on the need to enhance their capacity on effective information management.
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He gave the charge on Wednesday, May 19, while declaring open a 3-day capacity building workshop organized for public relations officers by the Directorate of Army Public Relations in Abuja.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Attahiru becomes the second Nigerian Chief of Army Staff to die in a plane crash while in office.
The first was Lt. Colonel Joseph Akahan who was Chief of Army Staff from May 1967 until May 1968, when he was killed in a helicopter crash during the Nigerian Civil War.