Abuja — President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday paid glowing tributes to the late Major General Tunde Idiagbon, saying the former deputy military Head of State exhibited uncommon loyalty in the discharge of his duties as a soldier.
"The late Idiagbon was a very rare example of what loyalty to fatherland and to a superior should be. He was strong, loyal and extremely committed to the cause of positively changing the narrative about Nigeria, which the administration set out to do at that time," he said.
President Buhari spoke when he received All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants and members of the party from the three senatorial zones of Kwara State at the State House, Abuja.
He recalled how Idiagbon, while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia when the administration was overthrown in 1985, insisted on returning to the country in spite of the political uncertainty, especially as he had learnt that he (Buhari), as Commander-in-Chief, had not been killed in the coup.
The President added that the late Idiagbon rejected an offer from the King of Saudi Arabia to bring members of his (Idiagbon)'s family from Nigeria to the Kingdom, as he was his guest at that time, and eventually returned to Nigeria to suffer arrest like him (Buhari).
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President further enjoined Nigerians to remain faithful and loyal to the country in all their dealings.
"You don't have to be in uniform to be loyal. What I said long ago in 1984 is still valid today. We have no other country but Nigeria. Others who feel they have another country may choose to go. We will stay here and salvage it together," he said.