Former Chief Of Army Staff, Major General Chris Alli, passes on at 79, Nasarawa Speaker, Ohimegye Opanda, Nigerian Army mourns

Former Chief of Army Staff, Major General Muhammed Christ Alli
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Former Chief Of Army Staff, Major General Chris Alli, passes on at 79, Nasarawa Speaker, Ohimegye Opanda, Nigerian Army mourns

…..Ohiku-Egbira Descendants Union, OEDU has lost a colossus – Speaker Balarabe.

……Gen. Alli’s passing, painful, a big blow to entire Egbira people – Ohimegye Opanda.

Late COAS served diligently in various capacities – Nigerian Army

The Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, said with deep sadness that he acknowledge the passing of a top military officer and former Chief of Army Staff, Major General Muhammed Christ Alli.

Speaker Balarabe who represent Umaish/Ugya state constituency in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, asserted that  his commitment, bravery, and dedication to his country will always be remembered.

The loss of such a respected leader is a great blow to our nation. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. May their legacy and contributions continue to inspire us all. Nasarawa Speaker Said.

The Speaker condolence was contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, COS, Jibrin Gwamna, on Sunday in Lafia, the passage of General Chris Alli (Rtd) was one death too many to bear for the entire Ohiku Egbira Descendant Union (OEDU) and Nigeria in general.

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According to him, he received news of his passing in a very rude shock, adding that the late Military officer will be remembered for his good deeds.

Balarabe Abdullahi prayed God to forgive his shortcomings and grant him eternal bliss in his final abode.

The Nasarawa State Number Three Citizen said his demise will continue to be felt by the entire Egbira people within and outside the country.

He sympathized with his immediate family members, friends, associates and the entire Egbira nation as well as the country at large over the painful exit of the great soldier whom he said has left a foot print in the sand of time and will therefore be forever remembered.

General Alli’s demise: Ohimegye Opanda describes his exit as colossal, shocking, pray God to grant him peaceful repose.

“… his demise has create a huge vacuum in Egbira Nation…”

The First Class Traditional Ruler of Egbira people in Nasarawa State, the Ohimegye Opanda, Umaisha HRH Alh Usman Abdullahi has expressed shock over the death of one of the illustrious sons of Egbira people, the former Chief of Army Staff General Mohammed Chris Alli.

The Monarch and Chairman, Toto LG Traditional Council of Chiefs while reacting to the death of General Chris Alli said he received the news with great shock describing his exit as colossal, painful and a big blow to entire Egbira people.

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Ohimegye Opanda said the passing on of the Retired General and Chairman Ohiku – Egbira Descendants Union has created a huge vacuum in Egbira Nation.

While praying God to forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds with paradise, the traditional ruler called on all to accept his death as an act of God and continue to pray for him.

The First Class Monarch HRH Alh Usman Abdullahi condoled with the family, Egbira Nation and the Country at large over what he described as an exit of a great soldier who has made sacrifices and built a high reputation for himself.


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has expressed heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Nigerian Army (NA), on the passing of former COAS, Major General Mohammed Chris Alli (Rtd).The former Army Chief succumbed to a brief illness in the early hours of today, Sunday 19 November, 2023 at the Military Hospital, Lagos.

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Major General Alli (rtd), a revered senior officer, served the Nigerian Army, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the nation with honour and dedication in various capacities, leaving enduring prints on the sands of time. His commitment and zeal to duty manifested evidently, as he rose through the ranks to become the Director Military Intelligence (DMI), amongst several other key appointments in the Nigerian Army, climaxing his military career as the 9th COAS in November 1993, until his meritorious retirement from active service in August 1994.

Born on 25 December 1944, in Koton Karfe, Kogi State. Gen Chris Alli’s sojourn in the NA began on 20 October 1967, as a member of the Emergency Short Service Combatant Course. He served diligently in various capacities, cutting across Staff, Instructional and Command. Gen Alli was at a time, the Military Administrator of Plateau State.

The COAS Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja on receiving the disheartening news of his demise, has profoundly expressed his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the Late former COAS, praying for the repose of his soul and the strength and solace for the family in this difficult time.

Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations
19 November 2023

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