In honorable memory of the deceased officers, a 40-day prayer was observed to commemorate the soul of late Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru and 14 other officers who died in the Beach Craft King Air 350 crash in Kaduna on May 21.
The 14 officers who lost their lives in the crash are as follows; the Chief of Military Intelligence, Brig.-Gen. Abdulrahman Kuliya, Army Provost Marshal, Brig.-Gen. O.L Olayinka, Chief of Staff to Army Chief, Brig.-Gen. Idris Abdulkadir, Aide De Camp, Maj. L.A Hayat, Maj. M. Hamza, Flt.-Lt. T.O Asaniyi, Flt.-Lt. A.A Olufade, Sgt. Saidu Umar, Sgt. Adesina and Air Craftman Oyedepo.
The prayer held was led by Army Director of Islamic Affairs, Brig.-Gen. Shehu Mustapha who prayed for the departed souls to find peace and also sent his condolences to their families.
He said that at some point, Nigerians should understand that every soul must taste death, hence the need to always live right with God and that the event was to also pray for peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians and for God to grant victory to the troops fighting in various fronts.
He added “We also used the opportunity to pray for their families, our service chiefs and all Nigerians for peaceful coexistence.
“We also sought God’s intervention in the security challenges that we are facing and we asked him if it is sin that we have committed that is making us to have difficulties, we asked him for mercy and forgiveness.
“We used this opportunity to pray for our leaders for Allah to continue to protect them and give them divine guidance to move the country forward,”
The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, said it was prominent to pray for the officers who died in the unfortunate crash. He also added that the prayer was to show that the departed souls were still in their minds and continue to sympathize with their families. On closing remarks, he said we also pray for the country, the military and all other agencies that are fighting for the nation’s security and we pray for Allah to answer our prayers.