Ex-President , Goodluck Jonathan pays tribute to late Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile. See details
Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has paid a lengthy tribute to Nigeria’s first female Combat Helicopter Pilot, Tolulope Arotile as gets buried today at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja.
Goodluck Jonathan took to his verified twitter page to eulogise the 25 year old for her bravery, commitment and her service to the military and the nation at large.
He also expressed his grief that such young and vibrant officer died at the prime of her career. However, the former President said he is pleased that she fulfilled the dream of an all embracing Nigerian Military devoid of discrimination.
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TRIBUTE TO LATE FLYING OFFICER, TOLULOPE
“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.
May God grant her soul eternal rest.”