President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the national flag be flown at half-mast to honour the deceased, following the death of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military top personnel who died in a plane crash on Friday.
A statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, read:
His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria has authorised the national flag should be flown at half-mast in all public buildings facilities and official residences with effect from Monday 24th May 2021 to Wednesday 29th May 2021.
Buhari, who was absent at the burial ceremony of Attahiru, however, expressed shock over the loss of the army chief and others killed in the crash through a statement by his media aide Femi Adesina.
Meanwhile, the President, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and governors came under fire after Nigerians expressed their disappointment over their failure to attend the burial of the late military general and others.
They questioned the rationale behind Buhari’s absence, saying that if he could leave the country for faraway France, nothing could have stopped him from showing up at the burial ceremony held in Abuja.
Nigerians further slammed the governors who chose to attend the wedding ceremony of the son of the Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, without making a stop at the late COAS’ burial.
In the meantime, Islamic funeral service was held at the National Mosque, Abuja, for the late army chief and five others while Christian burial rites were held at the Nigerian Air Force Protestant Church, Abuja, for the other military officers.
Government officials present at the funeral rites included the SGF, Boss Mustapha; the chief of staff to President Buhari, Ibrahim Gambari; the information minister, Lai Mohammed, as well as Minister of communications, Isa Pantami.
The deceased were buried at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja, on Saturday.