Nigeria: Flags fly at half-mast in honour of late army chief Ibrahim Attahiru

President Buhari has directed that Nigeria’s national flag should be flown at half-mast effective Monday 24 May to Wednesday 26 May 2021

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the country’s national flag be flown at half-mast in honour of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru and ten others who lost their lives in a plane crash on Friday 21 May 2021.

In a statement on Monday (24 May), President Buhari also “approved a work-free day for members of the Armed Forces on Monday 24 May 2021.”

Read the full statement below:


Lt-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, was killed in a plane crash in the north-western state of Kaduna.

The incident happened as the plane was trying to land in bad weather, the military said. Ten other officers, including the plane’s crew also died.

Gen Attahiru, 54, only took up his post in January in an overhaul of the military’s top brass.

It was part of the government’s plan to boost the military’s efficiency in fighting a more than decade-long jihadist insurgency.

The Nigerian Air Force said the incident happened as the plane was landing at Kaduna International Airport.

On Twitter, the president said the crash was a “mortal blow… at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country”.

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