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President Muhammadu Buhari has characterised the death of Lieutenant General Joshua Dogonyaro, the former Chief of Defence Staff, as a great loss to the military and Nigeria.
When Buhari was a military dictator in 1985, Dogonyaro was the officer who read the coup speech that toppled him.
On August 27, 1985, the coup ushered in the government of Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
But Buhari said Dogonyaro made patriotic sacrifices in defence of Nigeria’s unity and territorial integrity.
“The death of Dogonyaro comes as a great shock to me because as a soldier, I know what it means to lose such an officer and a gentleman who gave his best in the service of the country,” he noted.
“Laying down one’s life for the country is one of the greatest sacrifices any citizen can make to his country. General Dogonyaro’s incalculable contributions will be remembered for years to come.”
The Nigerian leader extended condolences to the government and people of Plateau State on the passing of the “legendary General’’.
Buhari prayed that God blesses the soul of the departed and grants his family the fortitude to bear the loss.