Kaduna state government has expressed shock of the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash.
In a statement on Friday night, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said Governor Nasir El-Rufai was devastated by news of the death of the army chief in the crash.
“The Kaduna State Government has received with immense sadness news of the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and other senior military officers in a plane crash which occurred in Kaduna on Friday evening.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that Lt.Gen. Attahiru was a shining star whose sudden death has robbed Nigeria of an officer striving to bring new drive to secure the country against terrorists and other threats to national security.
“The governor said the news of General Attahiru’s death has left him deeply shaken, with a sense of great personal loss, coming so soon after his appointment had brought immense pride and a sense of hope to the people of Kaduna state”, the statement said.
Aruwan said the governor, “on behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, has extended his condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari, all branches of the military, especially the Nigerian Army, and the family of General Attahiru, as well as the families of all the officers who have lost their lives in this national tragedy.”
The statement said, El-Rufai “prayed to Allah to forgive their shortcomings and grant them eternal rest, and comfort their families as the nation, grapples with this colossal and very painful loss.”