By Aso Hassan, Sokoto
Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has reacted to the demise of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers, describing the incident as sad and a big blow to the ongoing war against terrorism in the country.
Wamakko, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti Corruption, said ” their demise is also certainly a formidable setback to the concerted efforts by the military and other security agencies, to combat the myriad of security challenges across Nigeria .
” The late General had really re-energized the war against insurgency, banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other related crimes .
” His demise at this critical time of the sustained efforts to tame these security infractions had really created a wide vacuum, too difficult to fill ,'” Wamakko, added .
Wamakko’s reaction was contained in a statement Saturday night made available to reporters by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani.
The lawmaker who represents Sokoto North Senatorial District also recalled his various interactions with the late CAOS, saying ” he was a diligent, committed , pious, patriotic and a fine Military Officer .
” He would greatly missed and his tangible invaluable contributions in the war on terror would remain indelible .
” His death and that of other Officers that died along with him is a real national tragedy that will for long be remembered.”
Meanwhile, the former Sokoto state Governor also expressed his sincere and deep condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Defence Staff , the Armed Forces and the families of the fallen heroes .
He prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest , as well as give the bereaved families the formidable fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.