President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the Malu family as well as the government and people of Benue on the death of Victor Malu, a retired lieutent general and former Chief of Army Staff COAS.
Mr Buhari, in a condolence message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, also commiserated with the Nigerian Armed Forces on the demise of “a very distinguished and professional colleague.’’
The president stated that the deceased had demonstrated incredible courage and leadership, including during very turbulent times in Liberia.
Mr Buhari recalled that as Force Commander of the ECOMOG peace-keeping troops in Liberia from 1996 to 1998, Mr Malu was an icon of professionalism, bravery and discipline.
He noted that Mr Malu aptly demonstrated these attributes throughout his national and international military assignments.
According to him, the late general will be fondly remembered for his dedication and commitment as a military officer; and his numerous landmark contributions to Nigeria’s unity and development.
Mr Buhari urged the bereaved family, friends and associates to honour Mr Malu’s memory by upholding his invaluable sacrifices for a peaceful and united Nigeria.
He prayed that Almighty God would comfort all who mourned Mr Malu, and grant his soul perfect peace.
Mr Malu, 70, died in at a Cairo hospital in Egypt in the early hours of Monday.
The retired general was born on January 15, 1947 at Katsina-Ala, Benue.
He enrolled in the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, in 1967 as part of the 3rd Regular Course and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant enlisted upon graduation in 1970.
He also attended Command and Staff College, Jaji and the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
He was Nigeria’s COAS from 1999 to 2001 and Force Commander of the ECOMOG peace-keeping force in Liberia from 1996 to 1998.