President Muhammadu Buhari was not spotted or seen during the burial of the Chief of Army Staff, General Ibrahim Attahiru on Saturday who died on plane crash in Kaduna on Friday.
The Burial which started around 1pm was attended by top dignitaries.
Our correspondent monitoring the development said only top military officials attended the burial while others poured their tributes to the chief of Army Staff via their various social media accounts.
According to report gathered by IGBERE TV, the Ill fated NAF plane that crashed in Kaduna that killed the Chief Of Army Staff was said to have successfully landed at the Kaduna airport before it went up in flames.
AF aircraft, a Beecroft, similar to the one that crashed in Abuja, few months ago, was supposed to have landed at the NAF base, but was diverted to the Kaduna international airport because of bad weather.
A NAF source who does not want to be mentioned in print, told Saturday Sun, that “it is a Beechcraft aircraft, the same type that crashed at the Abuja Airport recently and they left Abuja late Friday afternoon.
What happened was that they were supposed to have landed at the NAF base, but they now diverted them because of the weather because they have more instruments, landing instrument at the Kaduna international airport than that of the NAF.
So because of the weather they don’t want them to land at the NAF base. The tower now diverted them to the airport.
The plane landed successfully, it touched the ground successfully but skipped off the runway. We don’t know what happened, may be the pilot lost control on the runway that is what the investigators would have to find out.
It is not that it crashed midair, no. It landed successfully and crashed within the airport. It did not crash land or developed any technical fault. You know there are two runways at the Kaduna international airport. We have 05 and Runway 06, it depends on the direction an aircraft is coming from.
But the aircraft landed on runway 05. If you are coming through the right angle you will be made to land at runway 06, and if it’s through the left angle it’s runway 05.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement released by his Spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said he is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.
Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers.
The President condoles with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”
While praying that God receives the souls of the patriots, the President says the crash “is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.”
The President pledged that the departed would not die in vain.