From Aminu Dalhatu

Kaduna State Government has expressed immense sadness over news of the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and other senior military officers in a plane crash which occurred in the state on Friday evening.

This was contained in a statement by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Mr Samuel Aruwan in Kaduna.

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai said that Lt.Gen. Attahiru was a shining star whose sudden death had robbed Nigeria of an officer striving to bring new drive to secure the country against terrorists and other threats to national security.

The Governor said the news of General Attahiru’s death has left him deeply shaken, with a sense of great personal loss, coming so soon after his appointment had brought immense pride and a sense of hope to the people of Kaduna State.

The Governor on behalf of the Government and People of Kaduna State, extended condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari, all branches of the military, especially the Nigerian Army, and the family of General Attahiru, as well as the families of all the officers who lost their lives in this national tragedy.

He prayed to Allah to forgive their shortcomings and grant them eternal rest, and comfort their families as the nation, grapples with this colossal and very painful loss.