The Nigerian Army has condoled the family of the first female military officer to have reached the rank of Major-General in the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Maj-Gen. Aderonke Kale (retd).
The Spokesperson of the Nigerian Army Onyeama Nwachukwu expressed the condolence on Saturday in a statement on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja.
Kale, who passed Wednesday, was the first female to command a military hospital in Nigeria.
Gen. Lagbaja, described her death as a great loss to the Nigerian Army and the military, saying her legacies during her selfless service to Nigeria and humanity would remain indelible in the hearts of many.
“The Nigerian Army has received with heavy heart, but in absolute submission to the divine will of Almighty God, the news of the passing to glory of Major General Aderonke Kale (retd).
“The shining veteran of the Nigerian Army exuded unequalled commitment, diligence and unquestionable loyalty which paved the way, as she steadily rose through the ranks to become the first female officer of the Nigerian Army to attain the enviable height of Major General.
“The Chief of Army Staff while expressing his commiserations on behalf of Officers, Soldiers and Civilian staff of the Nigerian Army, to the family, relations and friends of the deceased Senior Officer, described her demise as a great loss to the Nigerian Army and the military community as a whole.
“Her legacies in her selfless service to Nigeria and humanity will remain indelible in the hearts of many. Kale was renowned for reshaping the face of women and gender mainstreaming in the Nigerian military,” Nwachukwu, a Brigadier-General said in the statement.