Nigeria, May 14 -- President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of a former chief of defence staff, Joshua Dogonyaro, as a loss to the Nigerian military.

Mr Dogonyaro, a retired general and an administrator from Plateau State, died on Thursday. According to his first son, Joseph Dogonyaro, he was battling stroke at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Jos, Plateau State capital.

"Unfortunately, early this morning (Thursday), around 3.00 a.m. precisely, he breathed his last," the younger Dogonyaro told News Agency of Nigeria.

In his condolence message, President Buhari said the death of Mr Dogonyaro came as a great shock.

This is because "as a soldier, I know what it means to lose such an officer and a gentleman who gav...