By Eseoghene Emuke
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has condoled with the families of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, and ten other military officers who died in the military plane crash in Kaduna last week Friday.
NIPR, while expressing sadness over the unfortunate incident, noted that the fallen heroes were true Nigerian patriots and gave their best in the fight against rising insecurity in the country.
The Institute’s grief was contained in separate condolence letters by its President and Chairman, Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo, to the Chief of Defence Staff and the wife of the late Army Chief.
Mallam Sirajo, according to a statement on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media & Communication, Stanley Ogadigo, said the tragic incident has robbed the nation of some of her finest brains in the military profession.
According him, the late Attahiru, exhibited high sense of professionalism in the discharge of his duties, noting that a few months of his leadership in the nation’s Army brought change in strategy that gave hope to the citizens.
“The late Army Chief demonstrated firm commitment in the fight against insurgency in the country and believed in the project of a united Nigeria. The death is indeed, a monumental loss to the nation”, he said.
He described late Attahiru as a patriotic Nigerian, who has lived a life worthy of emulation by officers and non-officers within and outside the military.
While praying for the repose of the souls of the late Chief of Army Staff and the 10 other officers, the NIPR President assured both the Chief of Defence Staff and the family members of the Institute’s resolve to stand with them at this moment of grief.