President Muhammadu Buhari says he received with deep pain the passing on of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile.
The Flying Officer was commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot and her death comes eight months after, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
The President’s message was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
He salutes Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from bandits and terrorists attack, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered.
President Buhari commiserates with the Nigerian Air Force, airmen, airwomen and all friends of the deceased, recalling her deft skills in manoeuvring combat helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride.
Buhari prays that God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind.