Who succeeds the late of Chief of Military Employees (COAS), Lt-Normal Ibrahim Attahiru?
This is one query that has been on the lips of many in and out of doors navy barracks because the Military Chief died in a navy aircraft crash in Kaduna on the weekend.
Ten different navy personnel died with him within the accident blamed on inclement climate.
A senior navy officer has suggested that the subsequent COAS should not be under the Common Course 35, to which the late Attahiru belonged.
Attahiru was a Main-Normal, previous to his appointment lower than 5 months. There are nevertheless, two Majors- Normal within the Military, who belong to Common Programs 36 and 37.
Though the highest navy supply acknowledged that it’s the prerogative of the President to nominate a COAS, he warned that any appointee under these within the Common Course 35, might unsettle the Military.
The officer, who didn’t need his title in print, added that any unsuitable choice that would result in the exit of officers of the Common Course 35 at this vital level, can be counter-productive.
His phrases: “Mr. President ought to train navy discretion on this matter and never permit sentiments to resolve his actions as a result of the Nigerian Military is on the sting presently.
“Keep in mind that the late COAS was appointed about 5 months in the past and the Military continues to be within the strategy of coming to phrases with the executive and different adjustments that got here together with his appointment when this unhappy incident of his dying got here.
“If the President goes forward to nominate the brand new COAS from an officer under Course 35, the impact won’t be to the benefit of the Military and the on-going counter-insurgency warfare.
“So, the most effective factor to do in the meanwhile is to permit the establishment to stay by appointing from among the many late COAS course mates.
“We’re in the midst of terrorism warfare and the Military can’t afford any inside revolt now. We’d like an Military that can stay disciplined and dependable to the nation.”
Extra Nigerians, CAN, NMA, others react
Reactions have continued to path the dying of Attahiru and others, with some teams and people calling for a probe.
Some expressed displeasure that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have been absent on the burial of the victims on the Army Cemetery in Abuja on Saturday.
However, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Employees to the President; Sultan of Sokoto Sa’advert Abubakar; Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Minister of Data and Tradition Lai Mohammed, his Communications and Digital Technique counterpart, Isa Pantami attended their burial
Governors Babagana Zulum (Borno), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Mailmala Buni (Yobe) and Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi) witnessed the burial.
Eminent Nigerians who spoke on the crash yesterday embrace Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde; Senator Tokunbo Abiru, former Senate President David Mark, Senator Aliyu Wammako, former COAS Tukur Buratai; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), Yusuf Ali; a former Nationwide Meeting member, Senator Shehu Sani, and Reno Omokri, an erstwhile aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Senator Tokunbo Abiru (Lagos East) commiserated with President Buhari and the nation over the demise of navy officers in a aircraft crash on the weekend.
Abiru, in a condolence letter he personally signed, described the tragic occasion as a deadly blow to the nation and the speedy households of the deceased.
He extolled the gallantry and braveness of an illustrious indigene of Ikorodu, the late Brigadier- Normal Lookman Olatunji Olayinka, the Provost Marshall, Nigerian Military Headquarters, Abuja who died within the crash.
Abiru expressed grief over the accident and prayed that Almighty Allah ought to consolation the households of the departed
He mentioned: “I commiserate with the President on the dying of our gallant and brave officers who died in the midst of obligation.
”Late Olayinka was among the many best prime brass of the navy that Nigeria ever produced. Because the Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Military, Late Tunji discharged his obligation exceptionally with self-discipline and braveness.
”Tunji’s dedication to obligation earned him laurels together with medals from the United Nations. Nigeria, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Lagos State at massive won’t neglect his gallantry, and honour he delivered to the land in his patriotic service to the nation. We’re happy with his sterling achievements within the navy and the legacies he left behind.
”I pray that Almighty Allah comforts the Matriarch of the Olayinka household, the spouse of the deceased, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olayinka, the Kids and my bosom pal, Barrister Lanre Olayinka and different members of the family.
”Please settle for my heartfelt condolences on behalf of the folks of the Lagos East Senatorial District”.
The Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN), the Nigerian Medical Affiliation(NMA) and the Northern Youth Leaders Discussion board (NYLF) additionally commiserated with the President, the Military and the nation.
CAN expressed concern over the spate of navy aircraft crashes within the nation and referred to as on President Buhari to analyze the newest crash.
“It’s excessive time thorough investigations are carried out with a view to ascertaining the speedy and distant causes of those recurrent disasters and deal with the causes decisively and squarely,” the affiliation mentioned in an announcement by its spokesman, Daramola Joseph.
CAN, nevertheless, condoled the President “and all of the households affected by their painful exit.”
NYLF referred to as for the probe of the “fixed crashes” involving planes of the Nigeria Air Drive.
“We sincerely and actually frown on the method and fee of those aircraft crashes,” the Nationwide Chairman of the discussion board, Elliot Afiyo, informed reporters at a information convention in Yola, Adamawa State.
NMA, in a condolence letter by its President, Harmless Ujah, and Secretary, Philips Ekpe, additionally condoled the Presidency over the dying of the officers and males.
“We share within the pains and grief of the Presidency and different Nigerians over the dying of the navy officers. We’re pained as a result of the nation has misplaced a uncommon breed and one in all her most embellished clever tactical officers,” the group mentioned.
Makinde described the dying of Attahiru and different victims, together with an indigene of the state, Flight Lt. Taiwo Asaniyi, as an enormous loss to Nigeria.
Makinde, in an announcement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, commiserated with the households of the deceased and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the losses.
He additionally condoled the President and the Armed Forces, particularly the Military and the Air Drive.
The governor, who described the dying of Asaniyi as a private loss to him and the state, urged the household to take solace within the Almighty.
“The deaths are painful and a terrific loss to our nation, particularly presently when concerted efforts are wanted to sort out insecurity,” he added.
Former Senate President Mark lamented that the crash was not solely heartbreaking, however one too many.
In condolence messages to Buhari, the Chief of Defence Employees (CDS), Lt.-Gen. Fortunate Irabor; the Armed Forces and households of the fallen troopers, he lamented that their dying got here at a time their providers have been wanted to rid the nation of its safety challenges.
The previous Senate President urged the Air Drive to topic their transport fleet to exterior security audit in order to unravel the speedy and distant causes of current crashes involving their jets..
Senator Aliyu Wamakko sympathised with the President, the CDS , the Armed Forces and the households of the deceased.
The previous Sokoto State governor and Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, mentioned the dying of the navy personnel was “ a formidable setback to the concerted efforts by the navy and different safety companies, to fight the myriad of safety challenges throughout Nigeria.
A lawyer Mallam Ali (SAN), urged the Federal Authorities to make public, studies of investigations into earlier Air Drive crashes within the nation. He commiserated with the Federal Authorities, the Armed Forces, and the households of the lifeless.
He mentioned: “I wish to use this event to name on the government- three air crashes involving Nigeria Air Drive plane in three months or
thereabouts— are worrisome.
“I wish to say that it’s time the Federal Authorities made public the studies of investigations on the sooner crashes. Individuals wish to know why we’ve misplaced extremely educated officers to three successive crashes.”
Buratai regretted that the air crash had robbed “us of the providers of a Chief of Military Employees who had left nobody unsure as regards his willpower to achieve the varied navy operations throughout the nation.
“He (Attahiru) was on the verge of creating the nation proud within the counter-insurgency and counterterrorism efforts when this tragedy occurred,” he mentioned
Buratai, nevertheless, urged the armed forces to shut ranks and ensure that the legacy of the officers are sustained by consolidating on the good points they’d recorded in numerous operations.
Senator Sani, who additionally frowned at Buhari’s absence on the burial, suggested that “the President ought to go to the bereaved households of the late COAS and different deceased officers, as a way to make up” for his: unconscionable” motion.
Additionally, Omokri twetted: “Unhappy that Normal @MBuhari didn’t attend the burial of the late Chief of Military Employees, Normal Attahiru.
“He was represented by his Defence Minister. Attahiru died serving Nigeria. Buhari, who went to Paris for 4 days, couldn’t go to Attahiru’s funeral for half-hour.”