Buhari’s wife lauds Ironsi, says late leader an excellent soldier

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajia Aisha has lauded the contributions of the country’s First Military Head of State, Major General Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi. Speaking during a mass held at St. Finbarrs Catholic Church to mark the 50 years anniversary of the death of Ironsi in  Umuahia, Abia State capital on Sunday, she described the slain leader as an excellent soldier and great patriot.

 Represented by the wife of Anambra State governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano she described the late leader as “a great Nigerian patriot who excelled in all his commissions.”
According to Aisha Buhari, “It is fitting to remind those who may have forgotten or didn’t know the excellent track record of this great man, that Gen. Aguiyi-Ironsi excelled as Equerry to the Queen Elizabeth in 1949; as Force Commander of the United Nations Operation in the Congo in 1960.
She added that “As the General Officer Commanding the Nigerian Army I965; as well as Military Head of State in 1966 who from all indications, he stood for one united and indivisible Nigeria.”

She also called on Nigerians to appreciate and emulate the ideals that Ironsi lived by and died for, which she stated was for the good of the nation.

Hajia Buhari also commended the matriarch of the Aguiyi-Ironsi family and widow of the late Head of State, Lady Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, for holding forth with commitment, courage and selfless service.

Speaking on behalf of the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, Maj. Gen Edward Nze recalled that the event that led to the death of General Ironsi was as a result of the actions or inactions of past leaders which he said were still haunting the nation today.

Olonishakin therefore advised present leaders in the country to be wary of their actions or inactions and consider the impact on future generations.

“We should therefore learn from experience and think deeply before we take actions. Let us aspire to serve our country, love more, hate less and build a nation where justice and peace reign”, the CDS admonished.

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