President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the postponement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting usually held on Wednesdays, in honour of Ibrahim Attahiru, the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and other military personnel who died at the weekend in a plane crash.

Mr Buhari also directed the deferral of the Police Council meeting expected to hold on Thursday, shifting it to June 3rd, 2021.

The directive is contained in a circular signed by Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), on Monday.

“Further to the directive of the President for the National Flag to fly at half-mast nationwide from Monday to Wednesday and the declaration of today, Monday, May 24 as work free-day for members of the Armed Forces, the President has also directed that the Federal Executive Council Meeting scheduled to hold on Wednesday, May, 26, be postponed to Wednesday 2nd June 2021,” the circular read.

“Similarly, the Police Council Meeting which was earlier scheduled for Thursday 27th May 2021, be postponed to Thursday 3rd June 2021, in honour of the memory of late Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Attahiru and 10 other senior military officers and servicemen who died in a plane crash in Kaduna on Friday.

“President Muhammadu Buhari urges all citizens to use this period of mourning to pray for the repose of the souls of the departed and strength for their families to bear the painful loss,” it added.