"We’ll Miss You" -Buhari, Tinubu, Saraki, Others Mourn Nigeria’s First-ever Female Combat Pilot

3 weeks ago by: success Xenab
-- Online (m) at 15-07-2020 11:27PM

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Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar have extended their condolence messages to the Nigerian Navy over the death of Nigeria’s first female combatant helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile.

In a statement released by Mr Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, he said her stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security.

The death of Ms Arotile, who died on Tuesday, according to NAF, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road accident at its base in Kaduna.

NAF winged Ms Arotile as the first female helicopter fighter (combatant) pilot last year.

According to the statement, Mr Buhari commended Ms Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from the onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered.

He commiserated with the Nigerian Air Force, airmen, airwomen and all friends of the deceased, recalling her skills in maneuvering combat helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride.

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Also, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Sadique Abubakar, expressed sadness over the death of Ms Arotile.

In a statement released by Mr Abubakar on Wednesday, he said,

“She was a very intelligent, disciplined, confident & courageous young officer who added value wherever she served. As a squadron pilot in Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State, she flew her quota of anti-banditry combat missions to ensure a safer, more secured Nigeria.

“I recall meeting her at the Minna Airport, while on operational visit, after one of such missions & seeing her eagerness to contribute towards the restoration of lasting peace to the affected areas. Her death is a huge loss to @NigAirForce family & indeed the entire Nation.

“On behalf officers, airmen, airwomen & civilian staff of @NigAirForce, I once more condole with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss & sincerely pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”

Also, a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the family of Ms Arotile.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mr Saraki said, “I woke up to read the very sad news of the unfortunate passing away of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile – Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.

“Flying Officer Arotile dedicated her life to the service of her nation and in so doing became a role model for millions of Nigerians on breaking glass ceilings. She will be missed.

“I commiserate with @NigAirForce, her family and friends. I pray the Almighty gives them the strength to bear this loss”, he added.

A leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, also commiserated with the family of Ms Arotile.

In a statement released on Wednesday, he said, “My sincere condolences to the family, friends and Nigerian Air Force colleagues of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile.

“Ms. Arotile was a trailblazer in every sense and her sudden passing is a tragic and painful loss for all patriotic Nigerians. May her virtuous soul rest peacefully in the bosom of Allah.”



-- collinsuchendu (m) at 15-07-2020 11:43PM
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Mumu government
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-- dopygenius (m) at 16-07-2020 02:01AM
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My question now is,will the federal government compensate the deceased family or they go just live the matter like that,beside if the road she drove from was good why will she have an accident now everyone including mr president is mourning her....Fake government
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-- smart61 Online (m) at 16-07-2020 05:00AM
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Quote from: dopygenius on 16-07-2020 02:01AM
My question now is,will the federal government compensate the deceased family or they go just live the matter like that,beside if the road she drove from was good why will she have an accident now everyone including mr president is mourning her....Fake government
: NOT EXACTLY. EVEN IN EUROPE WHERE ROADS ARE GOOD, ACCIDENT DUE OCCUR. ACCIDENT IS CAUSED BY CARELESSNESS. IF EVERYONE IS CAREFUL AND CALCULATIVE, YOU WILL HARDLY NOTICE ANY ROAD ACCIDENT. HOWEVER, I AGREE WITH YOU THAT ROADS IN NIGERIA ARE DEATH TRAPS.
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-- olowoinlionsden (m) at 17-07-2020 12:09AM
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A nice Tribute from the Commander In Chief to his fallen soldier. But the account of the death of this Officer looks hazy Huh?. What kind of Highway exists in NAF Base Kaduna, where a motorist can gather such Speed in Reverse as to kill an officer in broad day light. Does it occur to the military, since this Officer was a Thorn in the flesh of our terrorist s, there could be a plot, with the aid of enemywithin to get rid of her. I'm not quite sure the NAF Investigators are smart enough to unravel the death of this Officer. The DSS should get involved, and the starting point is to trace the last Call this Officer received, it might pave the way to knowing the mens rea of those involved in this apparent Assassination.
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