Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has described the demise of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others as shocking and painful.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, the Press Secretary to the Governor and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Yola.
Fintiri said the unfortunate incident had denied the nation of the contributions of one of Nigeria’s finest officers.
He said the late COAS was determined to change the narrative in the battle against the myriad security challenges facing the country.
“I join the President and Commander in Chief as he leads the country in mourning 11 active and fine officers killed in a plane crash in Kaduna.
“Nigeria will never forget your services and will always honour you,” the governor said.
Fintiri regretted that the trip which was supposed to be a military assignment claimed the lives of the officers.
“These soldiers who have given their lives in service to protect the nation were taken too soon. Their memory would endure through the life of our nation.
“It was love for the country that inspired these fallen heroes to put on the uniform and join the greatest army Africa has ever known,” Fintiri said.
He also condoled with the army and the families of the deceased, saying “they paid the supreme sacrifice for the unity of Nigeria.”
The governor urged the families of the departed to take solace in God, knowing that their loved ones died for a good cause.