Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said the death of Army Chief, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 military officers in an air crash had increased Nigeria’s problem.
The President spoke on Monday when the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, and his colleagues visited him at the Presidential Villa to console him.
Fayemi was accompanied by the Caretaker Committee Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Yobe Governor Mai Mala, and his Niger counterpart, Abubakar Bello.
The President expressed sadness over the loss of officers at a time the country was battling with insecurity.
“This is a situation that only God knows when it will happen and it happened at a time when the security situation in the country is a fundamental issue”, NAN quoted him as saying.
“And to lose choice officers has increased our problem but we know what we are in for and we will continue to work and pray hard so that God will give us the power to apply ourselves to the problem.”
Buhari said the electorate know the circumstances the government found itself and promised his administration will continue to do its best.
Fayemi noted that the incident should not be allowed to affect the war against terrorism and banditry.
He recalled that governors were among those who mentioned the necessity for a change of service chiefs.
Fayemi said Buhari was determined to get the best set of people and that the military was beginning to feel the impact.
“We know that this is a major blow and you are unrelenting in your quest/commitment to ensure peace and security in our country,” he said.
He prayed that God would give Nigeria greater resolve to continue on the path the late COAS towed.