Friday, May 21, has turned out to be a black day in Nigeria as the nation lost the Chief of Army Staff, General Ibrahim Attahiru, died in a plane crash.
The Nigerian Army has confirmed the development, saying the crash also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew.
The COAS was en route Kaduna from Abuja when the unfortunate incident happened.
According to The Punch, Attahiru was one of the eight people who died as the military Beachcraft 350 aircraft crashed at the Kaduna International Airport.
It was gathered that the ill-fated aircraft crashed at the airport’s runway about 6pm.
The incident is drawing reactions from Nigerians who are pained by the death of the COAS and the others aboard the plane.
Some reactions below:
Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, @realFFK, said:
“The Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Armed Forces, General Attahiru Ibrahim, has been killed in an air crash together with a number of his officers and aides. This is a monumental tragedy and a big blow to our nation. May their souls rest in peace & may God help Nigeria.”
Bello Shagari, @Belshagy, said:
“The death of Chief of Army Staff Lt.Gen Ibrahim Attahiru is shocking. We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.”
B h a d o o s k y, @BhadmusAkeem, said:
“Barely four months into his appointment, Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Attahiru Ibrahim died in a plane crash in Kaduna alongside other senior military officers. May their souls Rest In Peace! This is not a good news.”