By Deshi Munkuwe
Ambassador Aminu Abubakar Majidadi, the National President of Almushahid Initiative for Transparency and Accountability (AITA) expressed his shock over the demise of late Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 others who died in a plane crash on Friday in Kaduna.
The late Chief of Army Staff died alongside his colleagues, Brig.-Gen. M.I Abdulkadir, Brig.-Gen. Olayinka, Brig.-Gen. Kukiya, Maj. L.A Hayat, Maj. Hamza, Sgt. Umar. Others are Flight Lt T.O Asaniyi, Flight Lt. A.A Olufade, Sgt. Adesina and ACM Oyedepo.
In a press release signed by a media aide made available to Capitalwatch Media, Amb. Majidadi said “Our nation has indeed been affected in no small measure by this sad incident that came at the time we all have started seeing the signs of positive change in the manner and ways the late COAS took steps in defeating the current insecurity.”
“His demise also came to me as a shock and a painful one because he replied to my congratulatory letter just a few days before the ugly incident. The letter states the late COAS’s words of gratitude to us in AITA and seek our advice to him and the Nigerian army in order for them to accomplish the noble tasks of seeing the end to insurgency and other insecurity challenges bedeviling our nation.”
AITA National President added that the death of the soldiers has set Nigeria into national tragedy. According to him, this incident has no doubt set us back in the plan to tackle the security threats Nigeria is into.
Majidadi further pray for Allah’s mercies on the souls of the heroes that were victims of the crash in active service to Nigeria. He also pray the next Chief of Army Staff would start well and ensured that criminals among us that have refused to allow peace to reign are eliminated accordingly.
“May the soul of Gen. Attahiru and all those involved rest in peace and may Allah comfort their families and the nation at large for these colossal losses.” It ended.