A former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt-Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro, was on Friday laid to rest in Lantang, Plateau State.
Dogonyaro, 80, died after a brief illness on May 13.
His remains were buried in his family compound in Pajat, Langtang town after a funeral service at the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, Langtang North.
Speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Minister of Defence, rtd Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, said the government received the news of Dogonyaro’s death with great shock and pain.
Buhari described Dogonyaro as a “fearless and gallant soldier”, who contributed immensely to the unity and peace of Nigeria.
“He was a patriotic and thorough soldier, who sacrificed for this nation and his many attributes will remain for many years to come.
“Lt-Gen. Dogonyaro’s contributions to the stability of ECOWAS region will not easily be forgotten nor his God-fearing life lived after retirement from the military.
“These alone are enough reasons his people, the nation and international community will greatly miss such a gallant and great man, who had given his all for us in spite of all odds.
“As a nation, we must do all we can to honour him even in his death,” Buhari said.
The President, who presented a letter of condolence to the family of the fallen general, prayed God to grant his soul an eternal rest with the Lord God Almighty.
Also speaking, Liberian President, Mr George Weah, said Dogonyaro would forever remain a household name in Liberia for safeguarding Morovia and saving lives during Liberia’s trial times.
“Because of his doggedness and sacrifice, he brought to an end the 1989 civil war in our nation which endeared us to honour him with Grand Commander award,” Weah stated through Mr Francis James, an aide of Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Al-Hassan Conteh.
Also speaking, Gov. Simon Lalong described Dogonyaro as a down to earth disciplinarian, leader and mentor, who helped in the building not only the Nigerian nation but other nations within the West African region.
Lalong said that with the great impact the late general had on the Plateau and Nigeria, the state government would greatly miss his wise counsel on security matters in the state.
“We are, as a government, resolved to deal with criminality on the Plateau with all seriousness for the peace that would bring about the desired growth and development of the state and the nation.
“His disciplinary and determination in handling assignments, his patriotism and courage are lessons we can learn from the general to entrench peace and unity,” Lalong said.
The late general’s wife, Esther, in her testimony, gave glory to God for the later life he lived as a child of God even to his last breathe, and affirmed, “our family is not crying but mourning his glorious departure.”
She thanked the federal and state governments, military, the Church and well wishers for their show of love to the family in celebrating Dogonyaro’s glorious exit to beyond. (NAN)