ABUJA, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, Senator Kashim Shettima and Senator Abubakar Kyari on Saturday joined top dignitaries and hundreds of sympathizers for the jana’iza (funeral prayers) of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.
The funeral held around 1:30 at the national mosque in Abuja, was attended by the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan; Governor of Yobe state, Mala Buni; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Others are: Minister of Defence, Sultan of Sokoto, Inspector General of Police, Comptroller General of Immigration, amongst other serving and former public office holders, top military officers, families, friends and associates of the late COAS.
Bodies of the late COAS and five others were brought by military ambulances to the national mosque for the funeral prayers that took place immediately after zuhr prayers.
The late COAS had since his appointment, been to Borno state more than six times, to supervised ongoing military operations against Boko Haram. He had visited different army formations, mobilized and motivated troops in front lines peace building efforts.
In his comment, Borno Governor, Professor Zulum said the late COAS was committed to the fight against Boko Haram and was determined to contribute to ending insurgency.
“The commitment of the late Chief of Army Staff to the fight against Boko Haram was very obvious. Within the short time he served, he had been to Borno on multiple occasions, meeting operational commanders and troops at battle fronts.
“In all his interactions, he regularly motivated troops. The people of Borno thanked him and all our gallant fallen heroes for their unquantifiable services to Borno and rest of Nigeria,” Zulum said.