The former Chief of Defence Staff during the regime of the late General Sani Abacha, Lieutenant General Joshua Dogonyaro, is dead.
He died on Thursday morning at Jos University Teaching Hospital.
Dogonyaro was 80-year-old and was reportedly admitted in the hospital following a brief illness.
Dogonyaro’s Body has been deposited at Air Force Hospital in Jos, Plateau State.
Thi8s news was made available to newsmen by the first son of the deceased, Joseph on Thursday.
“Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for medical attention.
“Unfortunately, early this morning (Thursday), 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 warm as a grandfather, father, brother, uncle and supporter,” he said.
Joseph further revealed that the family was trying to cope with the shock of the general’s demise and would discuss the funeral arrangements soon.
Joseph described his father as “a General who was so faithful and loyal to the nation, Nigeria.”
“He was a General who had no bias mind as a detribalised Nigerian. He served this nation faithfully and identified with all Nigerians and Africa as a continent.
“We and Nigerians are going to miss him having served humanity in this country and Africa as a whole, ” Joseph added
Let it be recalled that Lieutenant General Joshua Dogonyaro was enlisted in the Nigerian Army in 1964 and was commissioned Second-Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, 1967.
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