President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff General Mohammed Inuwa Wushishi as the sad loss of “a thoroughbred professional soldier.”
Buhari also described Wushishi as a “gentleman whose contributions to the fatherland are immeasurable.”
The President’s message was conveyed in a statement released by Garba Shehu on Sunday.
“General Wushishi had a distinguished military career and we are proud of his impressive service to the country.”
According to the President, “General Wushishi was an epitome of discipline and dedication to service, and he was a role model for both the officers and the rank and file.”
The President extended his condolences to the family of the deceased, the Nigerian Army, as well as the Government and people of Niger State.
Mr. Wushishi, a retired general, died Saturday at a London hospital at the age of 81.
The late general was the chief of army staff in the Second Republic during the Shehu Shagari presidency.
He was born on January 1, 1940, in Wushishi, Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State.
He attended Wushishi junior primary school from 1947 to 1950, Paiko junior primary school from 1951 to 1952 and Minna senior primary school from 1953 to 1954.
He was at the Bida Provincial Secondary School between 1955 and 1960, Mons Officer Cadet School Aldershot United Kingdom (UK) from 1961 to 1962 after which he proceeded to Nigerian Military Training College in 1963, Staff College Camberly UK in 1972 and US Army War College 1978 to 1979.
The deceased became a Commissioned Regular Officer in 1962, he was platoon commander 1962 to 1964, Battalion Adjutant General in 1968 to 1969, sector commander from 1969 to 1971, deputy commander school of infantry from 1972 to 1975, federal commissioner for industries in 1975, General Officer Commanding, 4 Infantry Division Nigerian Army Staff College Jaji in 1979, Chief of Army Staff in 1981 and later promoted to lieutenant general, the rank he was until he retired from the Nigerian Army.
Mr Wushishi received several honors and awards including Commander of the Order of the Niger (CFR) in 1981.
He was decorated with Republic Medal (RM), Defence Service Medal (DSM), Nigerian Crisis Medal, National Service Medal, and the United Nations Medal for service in The Congo (Zaire) in 1961.
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