President Buhari, Others Mourn General Oladipo Diya

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari is mourning the passing away of Lt. General Oladipo Diya, who served as Chief of  General Staff from 1993 to 1997 and Vice Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1994.

General Diya died on Sunday, March 26, 2023.

The President pays tribute to General Diya’s bold and courageous career in the Nigeria military and dedicated service to the country as General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Commandant, of National War College (1991–1993), Chief of Defence Staff and Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985.

The President recalls that Diya was known for his brilliance, exceptional organizational skills and discipline, and he displayed these virtues in the important roles he held in office as a military officer.

The President salutes the former Chief of General Staff for his love, belief and loyalty to the country he cherished so much and fought gallantly on the front lines to defend her unity.

On behalf of the Nigerian Government, the President extends heartfelt condolences to Diya’s family, friends and colleagues.

President Buhari prays that General Diya’s soul finds rest with his Creator, and may his contributions to the nation never be forgotten.

Meanwhile, the President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has sent his condolences to the family of a former Chief of General Staff, Lt. General Oladipo Diya, over his death on Sunday.

Senator Lawan also condoles with the Government and people of Ogun State in southwest Nigeria, over the loss of the one-time number two citizen under the military regime of the late General Sani Abacha.

The Senate President described General Diya as a fine officer who played his role dutifully during some of Nigeria’s most critical times.

According to Senator Lawan, General Diya kept his dignity under the unfortunate circumstances that ended his military career and remained a respected member of his community until his last breath.

Also, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed sadness over the passing of Chief Oladipo Diya.

In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Mr Lanre Lasisi,  Gbajabiamila recalled Diya’s commitment and service to Nigeria during his term in office as CGS and in other capacities.

The Speaker prayed for the repose of the soul of the late General Diya and prayed to God to give his family, the people and the government of Ogun state the fortitude to bear the loss.


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