President Bola Tinubu expressed admiration on Saturday for the commendable qualities exhibited by former Chief of General Staff, the late Gen. Oladipo Diya.
Tinubu characterised Diya as a leader who demonstrated selflessness and diligence in his service.
Tinubu, in a message at the final funeral rites of Diya at his hometown in Odogbolu, Ogun State, which was delivered by Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, stated that Diya’s contributions to nation-building remained a reference point for coming generations.
While Diya’s passing was tragic, Tinubu emphasised that his influential life and contributions were enough to comfort his loved ones and the majority of Nigerians.
He continued by stating that Diya made legendary contributions to the preservation of Nigeria’s geographical integrity.
“Gen. Diya’s efforts towards curtailing several uprisings that threatened the corporate entity of Nigeria are legendary, and these will remain indelible in the consciousness of Nigerians and sub-Saharan Africans.
Indeed, his life of selflessness and diligence in the service of the military remains a reference point for coming generations of military officers.
“His leadership and tactical prowess greatly contributed to the success of this nation.
“He implemented various reforms in the army, including training programmes and welfare for soldiers, and under his leadership, the Nigerian Army witnessed significant advancement and operational effectiveness,’’ Tinubu stated.