The United Kingdom has offered its condolences over the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others in a plane crash in Kaduna on Friday.
“Profoundly shocked & saddened by this terrible news,” British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, said in a tweet late Friday.
“Our deepest condolences to the family & friends of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and all who so tragically lost their lives. I have sent condolence messages to @CDS_Nig Chief of Staff to @MBuhari.”
Lt. Gen. Attahiru and the other 10 officers were buried at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja on Saturday.
In his response to the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari said he was sad and sorrowful.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers,” a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said.
President Buhari described the military officers as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”
He also noted that the crash “is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.”
President Buhari, according to the statement, pledged that the departed would not die in vain.