President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday described the late Major General Tunde Idiagbon as a very rare example of what loyalty to fatherland and to a superior should be.
Buhari said, “Tunde was strong, loyal and extremely committed to the cause of positively changing the narrative about Nigeria, which the administration set out to do at that time.”
Speaking when he received APC governorship aspirants and members of the party from the three senatorial zones of Kwara State at State House, President Buhari recalled how his former deputy, who, while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia when the administration was overthrown in 1985, insisted on returning to the country despite the political uncertainty especially as he had learnt that he, as Commander-in-Chief at that time, had not been killed in the take-over.
The President in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina said that the late Idiagbon rejected the offer from the King of Saudi Arabia to bring members of his (Idiagbon) family from Nigeria to the Kingdom, as he was his guest at that time, and eventually returned to Nigeria to suffer arrest like he (Buhari) did.
Buhari further enjoined Nigerians to remain faithful and loyal to the country in all their dealings.
“You don’t have to be in uniform to be loyal. What I said long ago in 1984 is still valid today. We have no other country but Nigeria. Others who feel they have another country may choose to go. We will stay here and salvage it together,” he said.