President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday mourned a former Managing Director of the defunct Nigeria Airways, Captain Paul Thahal.

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Buhari’s condolence message was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

The statement was titled “President Buhari mourns Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s Presidential Air Fleet pilot, Captain Paul Mamman Thahal.”

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari sends condolences to the family of former Managing Director of Nigeria Airways, Captain Paul Mamman Thahal, OON, who served meritoriously as Captain of Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s Presidential Flight for nine years, and supported the former Head of State in setting up the national spiritual platform, Nigeria Prays.

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“The President commiserates with Gen. Yakubu Gowon over the loss of a good friend, confidant and prayer partner, while sympathising with Captain Thahal’s wife, Mrs Atsa Thahal, and daughter, Dr Adzira Thahal, and all former members of staff of the Nigeria Airways and entire aviation industry.

“President Buhari believes the resonating testimonies from the life of the former Vice Chairman of Nigeria Prays Organisation clearly show a man dedicated to promoting the kingdom of God on earth, committing himself to the virtues of practical Christianity like generosity, humility and selfless service.

“As the former Managing Director of Nigeria Airways goes home for final rest, the President prays that the almighty God will remember his professional and spiritual investments in the country, and beyond, grant his soul eternal rest, and comfort his family.”