By DAVID IORJA (Abuja) – President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has sent heartfelt condolences to the Malu family as well as the government and people of Benue State on the death of Lt. General Victor Malu (retired), a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
In a statement issued in Abuja this evening, the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina said President Buhari also commiserated with the Nigerian Armed Forces on the demise of “a very distinguished and professional colleague, who demonstrated incredible courage and leadership, including during very turbulent times in Liberia.”
The President recalled that as Force Commander of the ECOMOG peace-keeping troops in Liberia from 1996 to 1998, General Malu was an icon of professionalism, bravery and discipline, and he aptly demonstrated these attributes throughout his national and international military assignments.
The President believed that the late General Malu will be fondly remembered for his dedication and commitment as a military officer; and his numerous landmark contributions to Nigeria’s unity and development.
President Buhari urged the bereaved family, friends and associates to honour Malu’s memory by upholding his invaluable sacrifices for a peaceful and united Nigeria.
The President prayed that Almighty God will comfort all who mourn Gen Malu, and grant his soul perfect peace.
General Malu, who has been battling a stroke-related illness for over three years now, passed away in the early hours of Monday in a Cairo hospital at the age of 70, according to sources.