Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first-ever female combat helicopter pilot has been laid to rest.
Arotile died on 14 July in Kaduna after suffering from head injuries following a road crash a the NAF base in Kaduna.
In attendance at the funeral are the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; House Committee Chairman on Air Force, Bala Ib’n Nalla, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique; and other high profile individuals.
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Ex-President, Jonathan’s Tribute
Former president of the federal republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday described Tolulope as ‘a brave patriot’ who constantly pushed herself beyond the limit to demonstrate her uncommon love for the nation.
He also recalled how she excelled when his administration the training of females at the Nigeria Defence Academy so females can have equal opportunities with males in the armed forces.
The statement reads, “My heart goes out to the family and colleagues of late flying officer, Tolulope Arotile.
“She was a brave patriot who pushed her self beyond limits to demonstrate her uncommon love for our dear nation. In the process, she made us all proud.
“In 2011 when my administration introduced females into the Nigeria Defence Academy to train as combatants, for the first time, it was to give equal opportunities to all men and women of the armed forces and encourage highly driven female officers like Tolulope to excel in her chosen career, irrespective of their gender.
“I feel sad that such a young gallant officer would die at the prime of her life. I am however encouraged by the fact that she stood out as a pleasing fulfilment of our dream of an all-embracing Nigeria armed forces devoid of discrimination.
“By dedicating her young life to protect and defend Nigeria’s strength, honour and unity, her memory and legacy will continue to serve as a great inspiration to our youth especially our girls.”
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