The Oasis Reporters
May 25, 2021
After the air crash that claimed the life of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff and his entourage totaling 11 military personnel and their subsequent burial, school was to open on Monday morning but Command Secondary School that belongs to the Army in the premises of the 2nd Division domiciled within the barracks complex near Ojoo decided to observe a 24 hour extra stay at home in honor of the fallen military Chief and others.
It was the least honor that they could give him. Many other Command schools across Nigeria were understood to have done likewise.
“Lt. Gen. Attahiru visited us in school last week when he came to Ibadan”, Ade a senior secondary school student told our correspondent as he made his way back home, Monday morning.
Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde issued a statement titled “Air crash: Makinde mourns COAS Attahiru, Oyo State-born Asaniyi, others”
Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Sunday, described the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 others, including Oyo State-born Flight Lieutenant Taiwo Asaniyi, as a huge loss to Nigeria.
The governor, who stated this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, commiserated with the families of the deceased soldiers, praying to God to grant them the fortitude to bear the losses.
Makinde equally condoled with the Armed Forces, especially the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force, who all lost men to the air accident in Kaduna.
The governor described the death of Asaniyi as a personal loss to him and Oyo State, urging the family to take solace in the Almighty, while praying to God to console the family.
He said: “The deaths of Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 others in a plane crash in Kaduna came as a rude shock.
“The deaths are painful and a great loss to our nation at this time when concerted efforts are needed to tackle insecurity.
“It is my prayer that God will console the families they all left behind.
“I particularly commiserate with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Armed Forces and especially the family of our brother, Flight Lieutenant Asaniyi, who is an indigene of Oyo State.
“Asaniyi’s passage to glory represents a personal loss to me and to the state, because he was one of the many professionals giving wings to Oyo State to fly to its premium place as a Pacesetter State.
“It is my prayer that God will console the families Asaniyi and others left behind and avert sad occurrences such as this.
“I also bid farewell to the gallant men who served their country in wars but lost their lives outside the battlefields.
“Adieu, great soldiers!”
In another development, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has mourned the passing of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
Attahiru and others passed on in an Airforce aircraft crash in Kaduna, on Friday evening.
In a statement, Obaseki expressed shock and sadness over the unfortunate incident, praying that God will grant the repose of their souls.
“We pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident and admonish the military to continue with the patriotic efforts to secure the country,” he said.
“Lt. Gen. Attahiru served Nigeria meritoriously, bringing his skill, experience and expertise to bear in prosecuting the war against terror.
“He will always be remembered for his gallantry, commitment to service and dedication to our fatherland,” Obaseki added.