Gowon’s former pilot Paul Thahal is dead

Yakubu Gowon

An ex-captain of former head of state Yakubu Gowon’s presidential flight Paul Thahal has passed on.

Thahal, also a former managing director of the defunct Nigeria Airways, served as captain of Gowon’s presidential flight for nine years.

He also supported the former head of state in setting up the national Christian platform, Nigeria Prays.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement on Saturday by his spokesman Garba Shehu commiserated with Gowon over the loss of a good friend, confidant and prayer partner.

Buhari sympathised with Thahal’s widow Atsa Thahal and daughter Adzira Thahal as well as all former members of staff of Nigeria Airways and entire aviation industry.

The president believed the resonating testimonies from the life of the former vice chairman of Nigeria Prays had clearly shown a man dedicated to promoting the kingdom of God on earth.

He also lauded the deceased for committing himself to the virtues of practical Christianity like generosity, humility and selfless service.

Buhari prayed that God would remember Thahal’s professional and spiritual investments in the country and beyond and grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family.