Forty days after the untimely demise of the former Army Chief, late Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a fatal air crash on Friday, 21 May, 2021, alongside ten others, the Nigerian Army conducted the statutory 40th day prayers for the repose of thier souls.
Expressing his condolences to the widows, children and relations of the deceased during the prayers today at the Niger Barracks, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Major General Faruk Yahaya, urged them not to despair and assured them of the continuous support of the Nigerian Army.
The Director, Islamic Affairs, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Shehu Mustapha, who conducted the ceremony, prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest in Al-Janah Fir-daus. He also prayed to God to grant the families and relations of the departed souls, the Nigerian Armed Forces and friends, the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Mustapha further stated that the demise of Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others is a great loss to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the nation at large, and reminded all of the need to be mindful of their deeds here on earth in preparation for life’s final journey.
Dignitaries that graced the occasion include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Auwal Gambo, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and the Services Headquarters, members of Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA), Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Naval Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA), Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) and Nigerian Army Soldiers’ Wives Association (NASWA). Also present was the wife of the late COAS, Mrs Fati Attahiru, families and friends of the deceased amongst several other dignitaries.
Highlights of the event were the recitation of the Holy Quran, prayers for the nation, as well as condolence messages to the families of the deceased.