The remains of late Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Moukhtar Mohammed, a retired senior Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officer, have been laid to rest in Kano. The late senior NAF officer, who was once the Air Officer Administration at the NAF Headquarters, was reported to have died in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2017. The Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, led the Federal Government delegation to the burial ceremony. Other members of the delegation included the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, the Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu. The Governors of Jigawa and Kano States also personally attended the burial ceremony.

Furthermore, several senior serving military officers attended the burial ceremony as a mark of respect to the retired senior NAF officer, who made a great impact while he was in service. In addition, senior retired military officers, other top government functionaries and politicians from different parts of the country were in attendance at the ceremony.

The body of AVM Moukhtar Mohammed was flown in from London aboard a private jet, which landed at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, where a mammoth crowd was waiting to catch a glimpse of the remains of the late senior officer. The corpse was immediately driven in a NAF ambulance to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, where prayers were said for the repose of the late senior officer’s soul before his subsequent interment. The massive crowd that witnessed the burial of late AVM Moukhtar Mohammed was said to be a testimony to his philanthropic nature and statesmanship while he was alive.

Late AVM Moukhtar Mohammed was a rare gem, an articulate and eloquent speaker as well as an astute administrator, who laid a solid foundation for administration in the NAF. It is to his credit that after leaving the service, the late senior officer continued to contribute to the growth of the NAF through adequate inputs. He was also involved in national service as a member of the 2014 National Conference.