Olayemi Esan, Abuja
The Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd), has expressed grieve over the unfortunate demise of seven NAF personnel who paid the supreme price striving to secure the release of the Kangara school children.
General Magashi also, commiserated with the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, the nation and the Nigerian Air Force in particular as well as the families of those who paid the supreme price serving the nation.
The Minister in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Mohammad Abdulkadri on Monday, also prayed for the repose of their souls and the fortitude to bear the national calamity.
The Minister said he is deeply pained by the crash of the Nigerian Air Force King 350 plane in Abuja in which seven members of the crew on board died.
General Magashi who had been to the scene of the crash with the Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao and others described the deaths of the crew as an unfortunate depletion of the national human capital asset.
He concluded that their deaths in the line of duty will never be forgotten in the annals of the Nigerian Military‘s gallantry efforts to end national insecurity.