Soyinka, Emir of Bichi, others to honour Ibrahim Attahiru

Late chief of army staff Ibrahim Attahiru

Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has been scheduled to attend the one-year memorial of Nigeria’s immediate past chief of army staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru.

Also expected at the event on Saturday, May 21 in Abuja are the Emir of Bichi, Kano Emirate, Nasir Ado Bayero; and leading environmentalist Newton Jibunoh among others.

Attahiru died in a plane crash in Kaduna, alongside 10 other military officers and men on May 21, 2021.

Soyinka will deliver a short tribute titled: “To All, who give their All for All.”

A statement issued in Abuja by the programme coordinator of the General Ibrahim Attahiru Foundation (GIAF), Titus Orngu, said other dignitaries at the event, where the foundation will be formally launched, include top serving and retired military officers, captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, political leaders, members of the academia and associates of the late General.

Apart from the launch of GIAF, there will be the premiere of “Ibrahim Attahiru, a Soldier’s Soldier,” a documentary on life and times of the late army chief, produced and directed by Adeola Osunkojo. The foundation will also present Attahiru’s posthumous biography, The man, the soldier, the patriot, biography of Lt Gen Ibrahim, written by Niran Adedokun, at the event. It is published by Cable Books, an arm of Cable Newspapers Limited.

Orngu explained that the documentary and biography are in celebration of the exemplary life of the late military officer and an opportunity to introduce the ideals that guided his life to Nigerians, “especially when the country needs the virtues of patriotism, selflessness and fellow feeling.”

GIAF said it intends to advance strategic leadership on the African continent with core values centred on the public good, integrity and accountability.

Priority areas for the foundation, superintended by a governing board of trustees, include strategic leadership; peace-building, human, environmental, and social development; mental health and psycho-social support; research and defence advocacy.