BREAKING: Newly-Appointed COAS Yahaya Pays Last Respect to Late Attahiru

BREAKING: Newly-Appointed COAS Yahaya Pays Last Respect to Late Attahiru

- Major-General Farouk Yahaya has commenced his journey as Nigeria's army chief in a commendable manner

- The new Chief of Army Staff's first assignment is to pay homage to his predecessor who died in a plane crash with other officers

- Yahaya is expected to continue the reforms initiated by the Late Ibrahim Attahiru at the Nigerian Army headquarters

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The newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Major-General Farouk Yahaya has paid his last respects to his former boss and predecessor, Late Lt-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru.

Major-General Yahaya paid homage to Late Attahiru after signing the condolence register at the theatre command headquarters of Operation Hadin Kai in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

BREAKING: Newly-Appointed COAS Yahaya Pays Last Respect to Late Attahiru
Late Attahiru died with 10 other officers in a plane crash last week. Photo credit: Audu Marte/AFP
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Sokoto-born Yahaya was the commander of Operation Hadin Kai before his elevation as the new COAS by President Muhammadu Buhari.

After signing the condolence register, the new COAS, in typical military fashion, stood at ease and saluted the photo of Late Attahiru placed at the entrance of command headquarters.

The Nigerian Army shared a photo of the emotional moment on its social media pages on Friday, May 28. had earlier reported that Late Attahiru, from Kaduna state, 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.

After his death, Akahan was replaced as COAS by General Hassan Katsina.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently lamented that the deaths of Attahiru and 10 other military officers have increased Nigeria’s security challenges.

Speaking 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, the president said the officers died when they were needed most by the country.

He, however, promised that despite the setback suffered by the military, efforts will be made to motivate them to continue with their duties to the nation.


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