The governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has commiserated with the family of Nigeria’s first indigenous chief of air staff, Air Vice Marshal John Nmadu Yisa-Doko, who passed away on Tuesday after a brief illness.
Governor Aliyu enjoined members of the Yisa-Doko family and the Nigeria Air Force to be encouraged by the fact that the late air force chief lived an inspiring and fulfilled life.
“You must take solace in the fact that the late Air Chief departed after an eventful life of dedication to service of God, the nation and humanity,” Governor Aliyu said in a statement signed by his chief press secretary Danladi Ndayebo.
Governor Aliyu described the passage of AVM Yisa-Doko as a great loss to the Nigeria Air Force and indeed the people of Nigeria whose lives he touched in his eventful life that was devoted to public service and defending the unity of Nigeria.
He said the Niger State government was pained by the passing away of the military officer, but takes solace in the fact that he lived an exemplary and purposeful life with remarkable achievements as a military officer, instructor, administrator, and a dedicated family man.
“We feel deeply pained by the death of our brother, officer and gentleman but we are comforted that he left an indelible mark in the sands of time. He was a distinguished air force officer, professional pilot, and an instructor whose footprints and legacies in the Nigerian Air Force will continue to serve as reference points to the successor generations,” the statement said.
Governor Aliyu recalled how, as the first Nigerian to attain the position of Air Vice Marshal in the Nigerian Air Force, the late Yisa-Doko helped to set the standard for the training of the present crop of officers and men of the Air Force.
“Apart from fighting during the civil war to keep the nation one, the late air chief brought change to his immediate family, his community, the people of Niger State and indeed the entire nation,” the statement added.
Governor Aliyu urged Nigerlites to take heart and be consoled by the fact that no living soul shall escape death.
The statement then prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and the immediate family of the late AVM Yisa-Doko and his former colleagues in the military the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.