President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep pain over the passing of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, the first female combat helicopter pilot.
He condoled with the Arotile’s family on the loss of such a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security.
A statement signed by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity Femi Adesina said The President salutes Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered.
President Buhari commiserates with the Nigerian Air Force, airmen, airwomen and all friends of the deceased, recalling her deft skills in manoeuvring combat helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride.
The President sympathises with government and people of Kogi State on the loss.
President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind.