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Buhari, others mourn ex-Chief of Defence Staff 'Dogonyaro', who died at 80

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has described Dogonyaro as a pure blood officer in the course of his military career, saying his death was a great loss not only to the Nigerian military, but also to the country because of his patriotic sacrifices in defence of its unity and territorial integrity. 

Buhari in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, said: "The death of Dogonyaro comes as a great shock to me because as a soldier, I know what it means to lose such an officer and a gentleman who gave his best in the service of the country. 

"As a thoroughbred soldier who had professionally distinguished himself in the course of his military career, the President notes that laying down one’s life for the country is one of the greatest sacrifices any citizen can make to his country. 

"General Dogonyaro’s incalculable contributions will be remembered for years to come."

Late Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro was a former Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, during the Government of late General Sani Abacha, Lt-Gen.

He passed on aged 80. His first son, Joseph who confirmed the demise of his dad, said "Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday (Wednesday) when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, for medical attention. 

Unfortunately, early this morning (yesterday), around 3.00am precisely, he breathed his last. 

"His death comes as a rude shock to us as a family. We are going to miss his love and warmth as a grandfather, father, brother, uncle and supporter." 

According to him, the corpse of the general had since been deposited at the JUTH mortuary. 

Late Lt. Gen. Dogonyaro, a soldier and an administrator, was born on September 12, 1940 in Vom, Plateau State, though a native of Taroh in Langtang North Local Government Area. 

Dogonyaro had his early education at Boys’ Secondary School, Gindiri, and thereafter was enlisted in the Nigerian Army, NA, 1964. 

He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, 1967 and promoted Lt. General in 1988, before his retirement in 1993. 

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham, said "Plateau State and the nation has lost a patriotic and loyal Nigerian who served with courage, dignity and selflessness. 

"Plateau State has lost an elder statesman whose outstanding achievements in his military career brought a lot of pride and honour for the State. 

"The commitment of the deceased towards the defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity as well as ensuring its peace and unity stood him out as a soldier of repute whose professionalism continues to inspire many younger ones."

Also, the Senator representing Plateau South in the National Assembly, Nora Dadu’ut, added that, "Nigeria has lost a statesman, saying with the death of General Dogonyaro the Nigerian army has lost a General; the nation has lost a statesman."

"The late elder statesman recorded outstanding achievements in the Military."

Bode George On his part, former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, in a statement, among others, said 

"The passage of General Joshua Dongoyaro, a first class combatant, a warrior standing ramrod, towering over six feet tall, bristling with bravery and valour has indeed robbed this nation of a patriot, a soldier and an administrator. 

"I met him when I served as the Governor of the old Ondo State where I benefited greatly from his guidance and well-hewn experience as he commanded the Second Mechanized Division based in Ibadan. 

"Though he looked tough, intimidating in height, he could be humble and stern; he was disciplined and yet accommodating."


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