Buhari orders National flag flown half-mast, declares holiday for armed forces

Ibrahim Attahiru

Late Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru

Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru
Late Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered that the National Flag of Nigeria be flown at half-mast in all public buildings and official residence across the country to honour Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others who died in Kaduna plane crash.

Attahiru and 10 others died in a plane crash on Friday in Kaduna State.

To honour the deceased, the president said the flag would be flown at half-mast for three days beginning from Monday, May 24, 2021 till Wednesday.

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The president also approved Monday, May 24, 2021 as work free day for members of the Armed Forces.

“President Buhari has directed that the national flag Flag of Nigeria be flown at half-mast in all public buildings and official residences across the country, from Mon May 24 to Wed May 26, 2021, in honour of the late COAS and other military officers who died in Friday’s plane crash.

“The President has also approved Monday May 24, 2021 as a work-free day for members of the Nigerian Armed Forces,” a statement issued by the presidency said.