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Ekweremadu described them as patriots, who gave their best to fatherland, adding that the deaths were a heavy loss to the nation.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said:“What a dark Friday it was for the entire nation. The late Lieutenant General Attahiru was a man of high professional pedigree and his experience, leadership qualities, and patriotism stood him out. This is, therefore, a grievous loss to the entire nation.
“My heart goes out to his family and the families of other deceased compatriots, the Nigerian Army, the armed forces, and the President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari”.
He prayed God to grant the souls of the departed mercy and eternal repose, and equally called on the Federal Government to immortalise them as gallant soldiers and patriots, who served their fatherland till their last breath.