The remains of the Former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Sabundu Badeh have been laid to rest on Wednesday at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gabriel Olonisakin in his remarks said late chief badeh lived a life that is worth celebrating, describing him as an “accomplished military officer, a leader and a comerade.”
He added, ” in his capacity as the CDS, he provided leadership and direction to the entire armed forces of Nigeria especially in the fight against insurgency and terrorism, he was a great compassionate leader, mentor and fine military officer.”
Olonisakin said the late chief’s death is a depressing time for the entire armed forces of Nigeria and the entire nation.
“We pray the God gives his family and the entire armed forces of Nigeria the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Earlier, the Chief of the Army Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique said Badeh, the 18th CAS and the 15th CDS will be remembered for his “invaluable” services to the Nigerian Armed forces and Nigeria.
Abubakar however charged all security agencies to redouble their efforts to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime are brought to book.
He also urged the armed forces to see the loss of a leader as a time to rededicate themselves in the service of the nation and tje people to deal decisively with crime and criminality.
He said, “Badeh was a good friend who will be surely missed, the loss of this professional and patriotic gentleman must Spur the rest of us, not only in the armed forces, but indeed in Nigeria to rededicate ourselves in the service of the nation and our people to deal decisively with crime and criminality.
“We must continue to work and redouble our effort in supporting the police and other internal security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime are brought to book.
“I am indeed deeply touched and saddened by the manner in which we lost such an accomplished general, who attained the apex of his chosen career within the Nigerian Armed forces.” He said
He adeed, “Badeh was a very jovial, principled and a compassionate general, whose leadership and good nature affected positively his peers and subordinates. His achievements during his service, spanning from his time as a young pilot to his appointment as the CAS and CDS continued to inspire admiration amongst us.
“Badeh will be greatly missed and finally remembered for his invaluable services to the Nigerian armed forces and indeed Nigeria. I want to express my deep condolences to the immediate family.”
Also in attendance was the representative of the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, The Honourable Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; the Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) Lieut. Gen. Tukur Buratai; the Chief of Naval Staff, (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas; Representatives from the 21 regular course, family and well wishers
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