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What Chief Of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar Said Today At The Burial Of Late Tolulope Arotile

It was a moment of grief and sadness at the military cemetery in Abuja today as the first female combat pilot Tolulope Arotile was buried. Her family, colleagues and government officials both from her home state Kogi and the federal level were in attendance to pay Tolulope Arotile who died on July 14 in Kaduna her last respect.

Nigerian Airforce where she belonged gave her a full military burial. Tolulope's corpse was received on a red carpet as her colleagues who were in official Airforce uniform marched as her remains was laid before the public. In his sermon, Rev. Captain Dogo Gani said that it is only God that can comfort the family of Tolulope Arotile and the nation over the huge loss. He regretted that compassionate people are dying while kidnappers, bandits and drug addicts are alive.

The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who looked devastated and saddened said that the Nigeria Airforce still find it difficult to believe as to why the such a loss happened to it.

He described Tolulope Arotile as the National Heroine. The Air Force Chief said that the Nigerian Airforce expected much from Tolulope which she was living up to. He stated that the late combat pilot contributed immensely to the decimation of the enemies of the nation. He told the family of the deceased that there is no better way to console them rather than to let them know that the nation grieves with them over the loss of the committed patriot. He finally thanked Tolulope for adding value to the Nigerian Airforce and the country at large. In a tribute on behalf of her family, her sis Damilola Adegboye described Tolulope Arotile as a prayerful person who loved God apart from her work. She said that Tolu was determined, focused and hardworking towards anything she set her mind in. Her body was lowered in her grave by her coursemate who also fired a 21 gun salute which is part of the military burial she received. Dignitaries who attended the burial including the representatives of her course mates laid wreaths in her honor. Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, his wife and other top government officials from Kogi State where in attendance. Late Tolulope Arotile died on July 14 after she was mistakenly hit by a schoolmate who she went to greet. Nigerians all over the country have sympathized with her family who are pained at this moment over the loss of the young and promising military officer. The combat pilot who died at age 24 had logged 400 hours of flight combating armed bandits and other criminal activities in the North West. Some Nigerians who believe that more than a full military burial have called on thw federal government to immortalize her. Tolulope Arotile had joined the Nigerian Airforce out of her passion to serve Nigeria with all her strength. She lived her dream until July 14 when her sudden death occurred. May Almighty God grant her soul eternal rest and her family the fortitude to stay strong. 

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