Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, in his capacity as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has extended heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Nigerian Army in response to the lamentable passing of retired Maj.-Gen. Chris Alli, a distinguished former COAS.
The condolence message, as conveyed by Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, is imbued with profound sorrow and sympathy for the untimely demise of Gen. Alli.
The revered military figure, who once helmed the responsibilities of the COAS, succumbed to a brief but grave illness at the Military Hospital in Lagos on a somber Sunday.
This expression of condolence underscores the collective mourning within the ranks of the Nigerian Army for the loss of a seasoned and respected leader.
The legacy of Maj.-Gen. Chris Alli is remembered not only for his dedicated service but also for the indelible mark he left on the institution and the nation.
The Nigerian Army joins in the grief felt by the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Gen. Alli during this difficult time.
Gen. Alli’s dedicated service to the Army, the Armed Forces of Nigeria, and the nation has been highlighted in the statement, recognizing his significant contributions in various capacities.
His commitment to duty was evident as he ascended through the ranks, ultimately reaching the position of the 9th COAS in November 1993, where he served until his retirement in August 1994.
Born on December 25, 1944, in Koton Karfe, Kogi, Gen. Alli commenced his military journey on October 20, 1967, as a member of the Emergency Short Service Combatant Course.
Throughout his career, he held key positions, including Director, Military Intelligence (DMI), and even served as the Military Administrator of Plateau.
Upon learning of Gen. Alli’s passing, COAS Lt.-Gen. Lagbaja expressed profound condolences to the late COAS’s family, friends, and colleagues.
The statement mentioned that prayers are extended for the repose of Gen. Alli’s soul and for strength and solace for his family during this challenging time.
He said ” The legacy of Gen. Chris Alli, marked by his honorable service and enduring impact, stands as a testament to his remarkable career in the Nigerian Army.”
Nigerians are offering heartfelt prayers, expressing their wishes that the departed may find eternal peace.
They fondly remember him as a dedicated and diligent individual who served with integrity, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and goodness.
His contributions to the community resonate, and the collective sentiment is one of gratitude for the positive impact he made during his time of service.
May his soul rest in peace, a sentiment echoed by those who recognize and appreciate his valuable efforts.