President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered flags to be flown at half-mast in honour of Ibrahim Attahiru, the chief of army staff, and 10 other officers who died in an air crash in Kaduna.
The 11 officers were on board a military aircraft which crashed near the Kaduna international airport on Friday.
Attahiru was scheduled to attend a passing-out parade for army recruits in Kaduna on Saturday.
The officers were buried at the national military cemetery in Abuja on Saturday.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, the directive on the flags is to be carried out in all public buildings and official residences for three days.
“To honor the memory and services of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers, who lost their lives in an unfortunate plane crash on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized that the National Flag should be flown at half-mast in all public buildings, facilities and official residences with effect from 24th to 26th May, 2021,” the statement reads.
“Similarly, the President has also approved a work-free day for members of the Armed Forces on Monday, 24th May, 2021.”
In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Fati, wife of late Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, via a telephone call.
In a statement on Sunday, Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the President described the army chief as an outstanding soldier who fought valiantly for Nigeria until his death.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has described Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, the late Chief of Army Staff as an outstanding soldier and an institution builder, who fought valiantly for Nigeria until he breathed his last,” Shehu said in the statement.
“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 spokesman said Buhari has given directives to the ministry of defence and defence headquarters to provide comfort to the families of the deceased officers.
“Mrs. Attahiru, on behalf of the rest of the families, thanked the President for the love and care he has shown to them,” Shehu said.