President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lt General Joshua Dogonyaro (rtd), whom he described as a thoroughbred officer.
The president, in a condolence message by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, also described the demise of Gen. Dogonyaro as "a great loss not only to the Nigerian military, but also to the country because of his patriotic sacrifices in defence of its unity and territorial integrity".
He said the death of the former ECOMOG Field Commander came as a great shock to him "because as a soldier, I know what it means to lose such an officer and a gentleman who gave his best in the service of the country".
President Buhari noted that as a thoroughbred soldier, who had professionally distinguished himself in the course of his military career, "laying down one's life for the country is one of the greatest sacrifices any citizen can make to his country, General Dogonyaro's incalculable contributions will be remembered for years to come".
The president also extended deepest condolences to the government and people of Plateau State on the passing of "this legendary General".
He prayed to Almighty God to bless the soul of the departed and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.