Buhari Mourns First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot

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By Omololu Ogunmade

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday said he received with deep pain the untimely death of Nigeria’s first flying officer, Tolulope Arotile, and condoled with with her family.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president lamented the loss of the promising officer, whose short stay on earth, he said, impacted greatly on the nation, especially in the area of peace and security.

Adesina said the president saluted Arotile’s bravery while in the field to protect the country from the onslaught of bandits and terrorists and assured that her memory would be indelible, and her efforts ever remembered.

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

He added: “The President sympathises with government and people of Kogi State on the loss. President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind.”