The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has declared a three-day period of mourning in honour of the late Maj Gen Chris Alli (retd).
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, said in a statement, that Gen Alli, was a former Chief of Army Staff who died on November 19, 2023.
According to the statement, all Nigerian Army formations and units have been directed to hoist their flags at half-mast as a symbol of collective grief and respect.
“The directive also mandates all personnel to wear a black hand band in remembrance of the late former COAS,” the statement further added
It said Gen Alli dedicated his life to serving the nation through the Nigerian Army with indefatigable commitment and professionalism in the defence of our nation.
“In this time of grief, the Nigerian Army stands in solidarity with the family, friends, and loved ones of the late Maj Gen Chris Alli,” it further said.
The Nigerian Army charged all personnel to adhere strictly to these instructions “as a mark of honour and respect for our fallen hero,” adding that the period of mourning is an opportunity for all “to reflect upon his accomplishments and the sacrifices made by our gallant soldiers in defence of our dear nation.”