Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has described the death of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru as shocking and suspicious.
According to him, this is one death that must be thoroughly investigated, adding that the sad news will certainly pose a serious setback to the fight against terror in Nigeria.
NewsPremises had previously deported that Army Chief of Staff reportedly died in a plane crash, on Friday, May 21, in Kaduna.
According to military sources, Attahiru died alongside other military chiefs who were on the same flight, military sources has confirmed.
However, the Nigerian Air Force has confirmed the incident in a statement but did not immediately mentioned the personalities onboard.
“An air crash involving a Nigerian Air Force aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon,” spokesman Edward Gabkwet said.
Mr. Attahiru was appointed Army Chief of Staff on January 26, following the resignation of his successor Tukur Buratai, he was aged 54.
The plane was the third military jet operated by the Nigerian Air Force to crash this year.
Speaking with DAILY POST on the development, Bamgbose added, “The just reported death of the Chief of Army Staff this evening is very shocking and almost unbelievable.
“This is most unfortunate and disheartening. His death will certainly pose a serious setback to the fight against terror in Nigeria.
“It’s tantamount to a coup. This is one death that must be thoroughly investigated. His sudden death is highly suspicious.
“Only just recently we heard the news of the death of Abubakar Shekau and the next thing is the death of the Chief of Army Staff.
“There is certainly a nexus. The late Chief of Army Staff could have masterminded the death of Shekau, this possibly could be an act of revenge.
“This has clearly shown that the forces behind Boko Haram are very powerful. No one knows their next target. There is something fishing somewhere.
“His death is not natural. The security architecture of the nation must be overhauled as this is tantamount to a direct attack on the Presidency.
“Nigeria is in danger as this insecurity is taking a dangerous weapon trend.”