By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
As Nigeria lost eight of its high military Commanding Officers, including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash on Friday, the Southern Senators Forum has described the sad occurrence as a big loss and a temporary clog in the fight against the multifaceted security challenges confronting the nation.
The Senators expressed shock over the loss of such high ranking officers in such a calamitous fashion, saying this had again decimated the military ranks and deprived the country of some of its best brains in the fight against insecurity.
This was contained in a condolence message signed by the forum’s Chairman, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, mourning the death of Lt Gen. Attahiru and others who died in the Friday plane crash.
They called for more meticulous and proficient technical actions in the handling of military aircrafts, for the country can’t afford to be losing its priceless and dependable citizens, particularly in the military commands to untimely death at this crucial time when insecurity was biting harder .
The Senators commiserated with the country’s Military and particularly regretted that Lt Gen Attahiru demonstrated passion and commitment to help his nation since he assumed office in January, 2021.
“This plane crash leading to the death of Lt Gen Attahiru and other seven military top officers, had brought sorrow to this nation.
“It was one incident that really touched everyone, because it happended at a time this country is faced with daunting insecurity challenges that require every hand to be on deck to proffer solutions.
“Though, the late CoAS came barely five months into office, but every Nigerian could attest to his high spirit and competence to fight for his nation. Even in death, Lt. Gen. Attahiru remains an hero.
“The SSF is particularly saddened by this death. We are of the opinion that there should be thorough technical checks on our operational aircrafts being part of the measures to really make our Aviation system a reliable one .
“We are of the humble opinion that there are actions and inactions that could sabotage the system, if due diligence is circumvented in the handling of some sensitive technical issues.
“We commiserate with the federal government and the immediate families of these fine officers and urge them to take the incident with equanimity bearing in mind that the history of this nation would forever consign the deceaseds to the positive side for their inestimable contributions”, the statement said.