Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has described the death of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru as shocking and suspicious.
According to him, this is one death that must be thoroughly investigated, adding that the sad news will certainly pose a serious setback to the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru died in an air crash at about 6:00 p.m. on Friday.
A military Beachcraft 350 carrying him went down at the Kaduna International Airport on Friday, claiming all passengers.
The top military officer was in Kaduna on an official trip.
It was gathered that Attahiru’s aides passed away.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Nigerian Air Force Director of Information confirmed the mishap in a statement.
Bamgbose added that “The report of the death of the Chief of Army Staff is very shocking and almost unbelievable.
“This is most unfortunate and disheartening. His death will certainly pose a serious setback to the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
“It’s tantamount to a coup. This is one death that must be thoroughly investigated. His sudden death is highly suspicious.
“Only just recently we heard the news of the death of Abubakar Shekau and the next thing is the death of the Chief of Army Staff.
“There is certainly a nexus. The late Chief of Army Staff could have masterminded the death of Shekau, this possibly could be an act of revenge.
“This has clearly shown that the forces behind Boko Haram are very powerful. No one knows their next target. There is something fishing somewhere.
“His death is not natural. The security architecture of the nation must be overhauled as this is tantamount to a direct attack on the Presidency.
“Nigeria is in danger as this insecurity is taking a dangerous weapon trend.”
In addition to this; Deji Adeyanju questions Shekau, Chief of Army Staff, Attahiru’s death within 24 hours
Adeyanju questioned the death of Attahiru 24 hours after dreaded Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau was reported dead.
On Thursday, reports emerged that Shekau was fatally injured, after attempting to kill himself to avoid being captured by rival Islamic State-allied fighters.
There are also reports that he died by blowing up himself with a suicide vest.
However, the Nigerian Army said that it was probing the reports indicating that Shekau was “badly injured” or “dead”.
Similarly, Attahiru was reportedly killed in a plane crash in Kaduna.
The COAS was said to have been killed alongside 10 others while on his way for an official assignment in Kaduna.
Reacting to both incidents, the convener of Concerned Nigerian advocacy group wondered what was going on.
In a tweet, Adeyanju wrote: “They said Shekau was killed yesterday. Today, the Chief of Army Staff died in a plane crash. Dear extremists in Govt, what is going on?”