Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom Saturday described the death of Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru in an air crash Friday as shocking and quite painful.
The Governor said the loss of Lt General Attahiru and the other military officers who were also on board the aircraft is a major setback to the fight against insecurity in the country.
Ortom in message signed by his Chief Press Secretary Terver Akase, stated that the late Chief of Army Staff demonstrated commitment to tackling the wave of insecurity since his assumption of office earlier this year.
He sympathized with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army and the bereaved familiesal and prayed that God grants the soul of Lieutenant General Attahiru as well as those of the other military officers eternal rest and their families the strength to bear the losses.
It could be noted that the late Chief of Army Staff Attahiru along with other top military officers were in Makurdi, the Benue State capital Thursday for grand finale of celebration of the 57th anniversary of the Nigerian Airforce.