The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on Friday said the military plane crash that led to the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, was a national tragedy.
Malami in a statement released on Friday described Attahiru and members of his team as dedicated and patriotic Nigerians who had contributed to improving security in the country.
The minister released a statement through his spokesman, Dr Umar Gwandu, titled ‘Aircraft crash: Malami cut short function at son’s wedding, says incident national tragedy’ made available to journalists on Friday.
The statement read, “Malami received the news of the crash of the military aircraft in Kano while attending to guests in preparation for the wedding ceremony of his second son, Abiru Malami, billed for tomorrow.”
“The minister said the late Army officer who died in active service to the nation will always be remembered as a selfless and patriotic Nigerian who is passionate in duty.”
“Malami prayed Allah to grant eternal salvation for all that lost their lives in the air mishap.”
“He also prayed that the family members have the fortitude to bear the loss.”
“Malami who thanked all the guests at the wedding ceremony said the wedding Fatiha will be low keyed in view of the national tragedy and for strict observations to the laid down COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.”
“He said many of the intended functions will be shelved to honour the deceased.”