Army buries ex-COAS Chris Alli in Abuja

The remains of former Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Chris Alli, has been laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja, on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Alli, who died at the age of 79 in Lagos on Nov. 19, 2023, was Nigeria’s 15th Chief of Army Staff from 1993 to 1994 under the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.

The burial was climaxed with the presentation of the National Flag to the next-of-kin of the late COAS and the laying of wreaths by dignitaries and the deceased’s wife, Mrs Dorothy Alli.

In his remarks at the funeral, Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru, said the deceased served Nigeria with dedication and worked for peace, development, and unity in the country.

Badaru, represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, added that ”the late former COAS achieved significant influence on professionalising and repositioning the army to be a force to reckon with in both regional and global scenes’’.

He added that the late General lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.