The Nigerian Armed Forces on Wednesday buried the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal (rtd) Alex Badeh, at the national military cemetery in Abuja.
Alex Badeh was killed by alleged kidnapers on December 18, 2018 along Keffi-Abuja highway while returning from his farm.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, in his tribute, said Badeh was a good professional who added value to the development of the Nigerian Air Force.
He said, “Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was an astute professional in his chosen career as a military pilot.”
“He was a compassionate leader, mentor and fine military officer; he retired from the service in 2015. Even in retirement, the ACM was full of energy and obviously had a lot to offer upcoming officers from his wealth of experience,” he added.
He said, “While we mourn our illustrious departed senior colleague today, we take solace in our confidence that he has gone to rest in the bosom of the Lord, we love but God loves you more.”
In his remarks, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the circumstances surrounding Badeh’s death must spur members of the Armed Forces to rededicate themselves in the service and deal decisively with crimes and their perpetrators.
He said, “The loss of this professional and patriotic gentleman must spur the rest of us in not only in the Armed Forces but indeed in Nigeria to rededicate ourselves in the service of our nation and our people to deal decisively with crime and criminality.”
He noted that, “We must continue to work and redouble our efforts in supporting the Police and other internal security agencies to ensure the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to book.”
He said, “I’m deeply touched and saddened by the manner in which we lost such an accomplished general who attained the peak of his chosen career in the Nigerian Armed Forces.”
“ACM A.S. Badeh will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for his invaluable service to the Nigerian Armed Forces and indeed Nigeria,” he stated.