COAS Death A Blow To Fight Against Terrorism- Buhari

Joseph Bakare

President Muhammadu Buhari has prayed that God will help the country Sustain and eventually win the war against terrorism.

Buhari, lamented that the Friday crash that led to the loss of the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military personnel, was very devastating.

Buhari stated this on Monday, May 24, while receiving a delegation from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at the State House who came to condole with him on the fatal air crash in Kaduna State.

President Buhari said he is hoping that God would provide the enablement for the nation to deal with challenges, because the incident has compounded the nation’s woes.

“To lose choice officers has increased our problem but we know what we are in for and we will continue to work hard and pray hard so that God will give us the power to appreciate and apply ourselves to the problem,” President Buhari said.

“This is a situation that only God knows when it will happen; and it also happened at a time when the security situation in the country is a fundamental issue.

“The people who elected us, they know the promises we made within the time…the circumstances which we find ourselves…we will keep on trying and also continue to do our best.”

The delegation includes the Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Caretaker Committee and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni, and Governor Sani Bello of Niger State.

Fayemi, commiserated with the President over the death of the military officers; affirming that the incident was one that was deeply felt by the Commander-in-Chief.

The Governor recalled that the President heeded the call by Governors for a change of service chiefs; and the impact was already being felt.

While noting that the death of the officers was a big blow to President Buhari, Governor Fayemireiterated the President’s unrelenting resolve to fight the war against insecurity.

He also reminded the President of the pledge to take care of the families of the departed.

Fayemi said: “We’ve read your statement and this delegation of governors consider it a duty; and as part of our obligation as your representatives to commiserate with you over the loss of your gallant officers.

“We know it is an event that has touched you. When we mentioned the necessity for a change of service chiefs; you were determined to get the best set of people, you gave your assurance; and the military was beginning to feel the impact.

“We know that this is a major blow; and you’re unrelenting in your quest/commitment to ensure peace and security in our country.”

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