In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 16th, July, 2020

“We’ll Miss You” – Buhari, Tinubu, Saraki, Others Write Emotional Tribute For Nigeria’s First-ever Feminine Fight Pilot

"We’ll Miss You" - Buhari, Tinubu, Saraki, Others Write Emotional Tribute For Nigeria’s First-ever Female Combat Pilot

Tolulope Arotile

Tolulope Arotile


Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Chief of Air Workers, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar have all expressed unhappiness whereas extending their condolence to the Nigerian Navy over the loss of life of Nigeria’s first feminine combatant helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile.


In a press release launched by Mr Buhari’s Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, he mentioned her keep on earth impacted drastically on the nation, particularly in peace and safety.


The loss of life of Ms Arotile, who died on Tuesday, in keeping with NAF, because of head accidents sustained from a street accident at its base in Kaduna.


NAF winged Ms Arotile as the primary feminine helicopter fighter (combatant) pilot final 12 months.


In response to the assertion, Buhari counseled Ms Arotile’s bravery within the discipline to guard the nation from the onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her reminiscence can be indelible, and her efforts remembered.


He commiserated with the Nigerian Air Pressure, airmen, airwomen and all pals of the deceased, recalling her abilities in maneuvering fight helicopters, which he had bodily witnessed with satisfaction.


Additionally, the Chief of Air Workers (CAS), Sadique Abubakar, expressed unhappiness over the loss of life of Ms Arotile.


In a press release launched by Mr Abubakar on Wednesday, he mentioned,

“She was a really clever, disciplined, assured & brave younger officer who added worth wherever she served. As a squadron pilot in Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State, she flew her quota of anti-banditry fight missions to make sure a safer, extra secured Nigeria.

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“I recall assembly her on the Minna Airport, whereas on operational go to, after certainly one of such missions & seeing her eagerness to contribute in direction of the restoration of lasting peace to the affected areas. Her loss of life is a big loss to @NigAirForce household & certainly the complete Nation.

“On behalf officers, airmen, airwomen & civilian workers of @NigAirForce, I as soon as extra condole with the household of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss & sincerely pray that the Almighty God grants her soul everlasting relaxation.”


Additionally, a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the household of Ms Arotile.


In a press release launched on Wednesday, Mr Saraki mentioned, “I woke as much as learn the very unhappy information of the unlucky passing away of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile – Nigeria’s first feminine fight helicopter pilot.

“Flying Officer Arotile devoted her life to the service of her nation and in so doing turned a job mannequin for hundreds of thousands of Nigerians on breaking glass ceilings. She can be missed.

“I commiserate with @NigAirForce, her household and pals. I pray the Almighty offers them the power to bear this loss”, he added.


A frontrunner of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, additionally commiserated with the household of Ms Arotile.


In a press release launched on Wednesday, he mentioned, “My honest condolences to the household, pals and Nigerian Air Pressure colleagues of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile.


“Ms. Arotile was a trailblazer in each sense and her sudden passing is a tragic and painful loss for all patriotic Nigerians. Could her virtuous soul relaxation peacefully within the bosom of Allah.”


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