A former Deputy Governor of Ekiti state and aspirant for the state’s 2022 gubernatorial election, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka, had described the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers as national loss.
Professor Eleka, a former university don and professor of building, made this known while reacting to the crash of a military aircraft on Friday that killed the late Army Chief, his wife and other members of his entourage.
In a statement that he personally signed on Friday, Professor Eleka declares the deceased COAS and other members of his entourage as heroes, a prayed for repose of their souls.
The statement reads;
“The death of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash with his gallant men at Kaduna Airport yesterday should be seen as national loss to all Nigerians.
The late General Ibrahim Attahiru gave his best to our country, displaying professionalism since he took over as COAS, especially in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram terrorism and Banditry in the country.
I sympathize with the Nigeria Armed forces, Nigeria Army and the entire families of the victims of the unfortunate plane crash.
They are our heroes who forsook pleasure and remained committed to protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria. May their souls rest in perfect peace.
I call on all Nigerians to put our country in prayers, especially during this trying times.
May God heal our land and protect us all.
Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka