The Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, has awarded a posthumous PhD in Military Science to the late Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the erstwhile chief of army staff.
The late Attahiru was conferred with the degree at the passing-out parade of the 68 regular course comprising officers of the army, navy and air force, of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State on Saturday.
It was received by his wife, Mrs Fati Attahiru.
Speaking after receiving the award, Mrs Attahiru said her husband, while alive, was guided by three principles – sense of purpose, self-confidence and fearlessness.
She said: “He, indeed, was and remains an inspiration to all, as he lived a very simple life focusing on three guiding principles which I would like to share with the graduands here today.
“The need to have a sense of purpose by aspiring for something that pulls you into the future, overcoming all challenges encountered on the way as you climb through the ladder in your careers as military officers.
“Self-confidence is essential in your careers to believe in yourselves by not neglecting the small daily disciplines, by doing your best in all you do, no matter how little, to develop yourselves to be persistent in your efforts not to quit.
“More importantly, to be fearless; he would have challenged the graduating cadets to be fearless and aspire to be the best by reaching the peak of their careers like he did.”
Attahiru and 10 other military personnel died when a NAF Beechcraft King Air 350i crashed near the Kaduna International Airport on May 21, 2021.