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‘He was known for his brilliance’ – Buhari, Tinubu mourn Oladipo Diya

President Muhammad Buhari has mourned the death of Oladipo Diya, a retired general and former second-in-command to the late Sani Abacha.

Diya died in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 78.

In a statement issued on Sunday by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president, Buhari praised the late Diya for his dedicated service to the country.

“The president pays tribute to general Diya’s bold and courageous career in the Nigeria military and dedicated service to the country as general officer commanding, 82 division, commandant, National War College (1991–1993), chief of defence staff, and military governor of Ogun state from January 1984 to August 1985,” the statement reads.

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“The president recalls that Diya was known for his brilliance, exceptional organisational skills, and discipline, and he displayed these virtues in the important roles he held in office as a military officer.

“The president salutes the former chief of general staff for his love, belief, and loyalty to the country he cherished so much and fought gallantly on the frontlines to defend her unity.

“On behalf of the federal government, the president extends heartfelt condolences to Diya’s family, friends, and colleagues.”

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The president prayed that the general’s soul finds rest with his creator and that his contributions to the country be remembered forever.

Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, on his part, said the late Diya contributed to the development of the country and the military.

“The news of the death of General Oladipo Diya early this morning came to me as a shock. I send my heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his immediate family, especially his wives, and children,” the president-elect said.

“General Diya lived a remarkable life of a soldier and he made his mark in the military where he served our country diligently. As military governor of Ogun state, in the various military positions, he held till he rose to the enviable position of chief of general staff and second in command to the head of state, he served meritoriously.

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“As much as he could, he played a stabilising role during one of the most turbulent periods in our nation’s life in the aftermath of the June 12, 1993, presidential election. He will be remembered for his patriotism and service to the nation.

“My condolences to governor Dapo Abiodun and the people of Ogun state. I pray that Almighty Allah comforts his family and all those he left behind. May God Almighty grant his soul eternal rest.”

 

 

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