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Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the
Governor of Ekiti State has said he is distraught by sudden death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and some senior military personnel in an air crash on Friday.

The governor described it as a national tragedy.

Fayemi while reacting to the news of the death of Attairu and his entourage in a statement signed by Yinka Oyebode, his Chief Press Secretary on Saturday said, ” it was a black Friday for the country as 11 gallant officers fell, making the third of such disaster involving military aircraft in the last few months.”

He described the late Chief of Army Staff as a patriotic and fearless officer, ” who was always ready go the extra mile to protect the sovereignty of his beloved country, a quality that was the hallmark of his military career.”

The Governor said the late General Attahiru, who resumed office as COAS in January, brought in a fresh hope in the fight against insecurity and insurgency in the country; adding that the COAS’ determination had emboldened the military personnel and spurred them on to reclaim some territories hitherto lost to the terrorists.

“The Government and good people of Ekiti State express deep condolences to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed forces, President Mohammadu Buhari, immediate and extended family members of the late General Attahiru and other military officers who died in the crash.

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