Buhari Mourns ‘Legendary General’ Joshua Dogonyaro

A file photo of late former Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Joshua Dogonyaro.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned a former Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Joshua Dogonyaro.

In a statement on Thursday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari described the death of the general as a great loss to the Nigerian military and the nation.

He explained that this was so because of the patriotic sacrifices of late Dogonyaro in the defence of the country’s unity and territorial integrity.

“The death of Dogonyaro comes as a great shock to me because as a soldier, I know what it means to lose such an officer and a gentleman who gave his best in the service of the country,” the President said.

He noted that the late general was a thoroughbred soldier who professionally distinguished himself in the course of his military career.

“Laying down one’s life for the country is one of the greatest sacrifices any citizen can make to his country. General Dogonyaro’s incalculable contributions will be remembered for years to come,” President Buhari added.

He also extended his condolences to the government and people of Plateau State on the death of “this legendary general”.

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The President prayed that God would bless the soul of the departed and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Dogonyaro, a former Field Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), died at the age of 80.

An aide to the late general, Major Gabriel Adofiku, confirmed to Channels Television that he died in the early hours of Thursday in Jos, Plateau State capital.

The late general read the coup speech that announced the overthrowing of General Muhammadu Buhari and the ushering-in of General Ibrahim Babangida on August 27, 1985.

Give us security, Northern elders tell Federal Government

Elders from the middle belt region of Nigeria have called on the federal government to fulfill their promise in providing security of lives and properties across the zones and the nation as a whole.

The president of the middle belt forum, Jerry Gana expressed concern on the rising tension in the region, in his visit to commensurate with the governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang.

Mr Gana also made it clear that violence will lead to no result, recalling government’s efforts in providing a lasting solution.

Mr Gana, who was in company of  Bala Takaya, Zamani Lekwot, Joshua Dogonyaro, former deputy governors of Kogi and Nassarawa states and many others, expressed  solidarity with plateau state and the bereaved.

Mr Jang expressed concern on involvement of foreign mercenaries in the crises in spite of the government’s outcry.

The forum is a clarion call to the federal government in providing adequate security to all citizens across the nation, in order to avoid citizens losing confidence in government’s ability to fulfill its constitutional responsibility, which can resort to self-defense and path to anarchy as a stitch in time saves nine.