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Buhari and Obasanjo pay tribute to General Oladipo Diya

Written by on March 27, 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the passing of retired Lieutenant-General Oladipo Diya GCON, who served as Chief of General Staff from 1993 to 1997 and Vice Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1994.

The President, in a statement by his Spokesman, Femi Adesina, in Abuja paid tribute to Diya’s bold and courageous career in the Nigeria military.

He particularly lauded him for his 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 from January 1984 to August 1985.

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

For Obasanjo, the death of the former military governor of Ogun State has further depleted the nation’s leadership, according to a statement from the former president’s Special Assistant on Media Kehinde Akinyemi.

Obasanjo was quoted as describing the deceased “as a dedicated officer and a real patriot.

The statement adds that from the thick of the Nigerian Civil War to the post-war re-organisation of the Army, he distinguished himself as a seasoned soldier.

Obasanjo says the rare diligence, loyalty, and resourcefulness with which he carried out his duties and responsibilities, culminated in his appointment as Commander 31, Airborne Brigade; Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985; General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Nigeria Army in 1985; among others

Concerned by the effect that could have in the long term there, the Nasarawa State Police Command has banned all forms of protests across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.

This was contained in a statement made available to journalists by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Ramhan Nansel, in Lafia.

According to him, the move by the command was to forestall the breakdown of law and order in the state.

Recall members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state including women and youth groups have been protesting since last Monday.

The protesters are demanding that the Independent National Electoral Commission reviews the 2023 governorship election which saw the incumbent Governor, Abdullahi Sule, emerge as winner of the poll


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