Plane crash: Buhari declares Monday work-free day for Armed Forces

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved May 24 as a work-free day for members of the Armed Forces following the death of the chief of army staff Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers.

The military officers died in a plane crash in Kaduna last Friday.

The president also directed all public buildings, facilities and official residences to fly the Nigerian flag at half-mast in honour of the deceased.

“His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria has authorized that the National Flag should be flown at half- mast in all public buildings, facilities and official residences with effect from Monday 24h to Wednesday 26h May, 2021,” secretary to the government of the federation Boss Mustapha said in a statement on Sunday night.

“This approval is to honour the memory and services of the Late Chief of Army Staff, Lt General lbrahim Attahiru, ten senior military and service members who lost their lives in the plane crash on Friday 21st May, 2021.”

Buhari has been criticised for failing to attend the funeral of the officers on Saturday in Abuja.