As a mark of honour for the fallen Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and ten other senior military and Non Commissioners Officers (NCOs), President Muhammadu Buhari has approved Monday, 24th May as work-free day for the armed forces.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha made this known in a statement adding that the National Flag is to fly at half mast in honour of the late COAS and others who have paid the supreme price.
The statement said; “His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria has authorized that the National Flag should be flown at half- mast in all public buildings, facilities and official residences with effect from Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th May, 2021.
“This approval is to honour the memory and services of the Late Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru, ten senior military and service members who lost their lives in the plane crash on Friday 21st May, 2021.
“The President has similarly approved a work free day for members of the Armed Forces on Monday 24th May, 2021”.
Meanwhile, President Buhari also on Sunday-May 23 put a call across to wife of the late Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Mrs Fati Attahiru to commiserate with her on the shocking death of her husband.
Furthermore the President directed the Defence headquarters and the Ministry of Defence to do everything possible to provide comfort and succor to ease the hardships of the families of the deceased.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja last night.
According to the statement the President described late Gen. Attahiru, as an outstanding soldier and an institution builder, who fought valiantly for Nigeria until he breathed his last.
It reads, “In a telephone conversation Sunday evening with Mrs. Fati Ibrahim Attahiru, the wife of the late COAS and the spouses of the other deceased officers through her,
President Buhari hailed the sacrifices of the military men who lost their lives and the Armed Forces in general, saying that Nigerians will continue to appreciate and support the fearlessness with which our courageous soldiers are confronting the threats facing the nation.
“He gave the grieving spouses assurances that the nation will never forget the supreme sacrifice of their spouses, urging them to take solace in the surge of extraordinary feelings of emotions across regions, religions and tribes all over the country in appreciation of their sacrifices.
“The President who had earlier given directives to the Defense headquarters and the Ministry of Defence to do everything a government can do to provide comfort and ease the hardships of the families of the deceased, prayed to Almighty God to repose their souls and grant their families the fortitude to bear the losses.
“Mrs Attahiru, on behalf of the rest of the families thanked the President for the love and care he has shown to them.”
Similarly, the First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari has paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased COAS.
The First Lady on her verified Twitter handle said,” I paid a condolence visit to the Family of the Late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
” The death of the Late Chief Of Army Staff and the other military officers aboard the ill-fated aircraft is a monumental loss to their families and the Nation at large.”