The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has expressed shock over the Friday crash of a military aircraft that claimed the lives of the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru (Lieutenant-General) and 10 other gallant officers.
The Minority Caucus said it is grief-stricken by the huge tragedy which has befallen the nation and demanded a full-scale investigation into the unfortunate incident.
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In a statement signed by its Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, the opposition lawmakers, described Attahiru and the other officers as very courageous and patriotic soldiers, who gave all in the defence of their dear fatherland.
“The Minority caucus charges the military not to be weighed down by the tragic event but to remain focused and undeterred so as to ensure that the heroes did not die in vain.
“Our caucus calls for a system-wide investigation into the cause of the crash as well as the last two crashes of our military planes which also led to the loss of lives of our gallant and promising officers.
“As representatives of the people, we stand with the Army, the entire military as well as the families of the Chief of Army Staff and other gallant officers and men who have paid the supreme price in service to secure our nation.
Our caucus prays to God to console them at this hour of grief”, the statement read in parts.
They urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to ensure the safety of Nigeria’s fighting men and women, who are daily putting their lives on the line for the security of the nation.