Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Lt-Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro has been laid to rest in Plateau State on Friday. He died on the 13th of May at the age of 80 after a brief illness.
Dogonyaro was buried after a funeral service in his family house in Pajat, Langtang town, Plateau.
President Buhari was represented by the Minister of Defence, Rtd Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi.
According to Magashi, the president was in great shock and pain when he received the news.
The president described Dogonyaro as a “fearless and gallant soldier”, who contributed largely to Nigeria’s unity and peace.
“He was a patriotic and thorough soldier who sacrificed for this nation and his many attributes will remain for many years to come.
“Lt-Gen. Dogonyaro’s contributions to the stability of the ECOWAS region will not easily be forgotten nor his God-fearing life lived after retirement from the military.
“These alone are enough reasons his people, the nation and international community will greatly miss such a gallant and great man, who had given his all for us in spite of all odds.
“As a nation, we must do all we can to honour him even in his death as he will be greatly missed, ” Buhari said.
In his words, President George Weah of Liberia said Dogonyaro would forever remain a household name as he helped save lives during Liberia’s trying times.
“Because of his doggedness and sacrifice, he brought to an end the 1989 civil war in our nation which endeared us to honour him with Grand Commander award,” Weah stated through Mr Francis James, an aide of Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Al-Hassan Conteh.
Governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong also described Dogonyaro as a humble disciplinarian, leader and mentor. He said Dogonyaro helped in building both Nigeria and other West African countries.