President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the family of former Managing Director of Nigeria Airways, Captain Paul Mamman Thahal, who served as pilot to Nigerian leaders from Tafawa Balewa to Yakubu Gowon.
Captain Thahal was also a spiritual collaborator with Gen. Gowon serving as prayer partner and vice-chairman of Nigeria Prays.
The President also commiserated with Gen. Yakubu Gowon over the loss of a man he described as his “good friend, confidant and prayer partner.
He also sympathized with Captain Thahal’s wife, Mrs Atsa Thahal, and daughter, Dr Adzira Thahal, and all former members of staff of Nigeria Airways and entire aviation industry.
President Buhari said he believed that 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,” presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu said.