The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has declared Monday, May 24, a work-free day for members of the Nigerian Armed Forces in honour of Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the late Chief of Army Staff and 10 others who died in an air crash on Friday, May 21.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said this in a statement on Sunday, May 23,
The Nigerian president also ordered the national flag to be flown at half-mast in all public buildings, facilities and official residences from Monday, May 24 to Wednesday, May 26.
In his earlier reaction, President Buhari said he was deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed Attahiru and other military officers. The Nigerian leader’s reaction was contained in a statement released by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina late Friday, May 21. The president condoled with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”
Meanwhile, Attahiru and other officers who died in the plane crash have been laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on Saturday, May 22. Honour guards performed the 21-gun salute for the late COAS at the graveside.
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