THUR, JULY 23 2020-theG&BJournal– ‘’Í am 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,’’ Former President Goodluck E. Jonathan said in his powerful message Thursday to the family and colleagues of late Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile.
The ex-President described her in his tribute‘’as a brave patriot who pushed herself beyond limits to demonstrate her uncommon love for our dear nation. In the process, she made us all proud.’’
He recalled that in 2011, when his 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,’’ the ex-President said.
‘’By dedicating her young life to protect and defends Nigeria’s strength, honour and unity, her memory and legacy will continue to serve as a great inspiration to our youth especially our girls. May God Grant her soul eternal rest.’’
Tolulope Arotile was laid to rest today at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Top military officials as well as the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello were at the cemetery to pay final respect to the young Air force officer who died from injuries sustained from freak accident recently aged 23.