Buhari mourns as Gen Oladipo Diya, dies at 72


By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday, mourned the passing of Lt. General Oladipo Diya, who served as Chief of General Staff from 1993 to 1997 and Vice Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1994.

The President paid tribute to General Diya’s bold and courageous career in the Nigeria military and dedicated service to the country as General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Commandant, National War College (1991–1993), Chief of Defence Staff and Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985.

Buhari recalled that Diya was known for his brilliance, exceptional organizational skills and discipline, and he displayed these virtues in the important roles he held in office as a military officer.

He saluted the former Chief of General Staff for his love, belief and loyalty to the country he cherished so much and fought gallantly on the frontlines to defend her unity.

Oladipo Diya, retired general and former second-in-command to Gen Sani Abacha, died at the age of 79.

Oyesinmilola Diya, in a statement signed on behalf of the family, said Diya died in the early hours of Sunday.

“On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband, father, grandfather, brother, Lt-General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd),” the statement reads.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. “Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course”, it added.