Late Malu, a former Chief of Army Staff under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, died Sunday at the age of 70 at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt after he had battled diabetics and stroke since 2008.
Malu was appointed Chief of Army Staff in May 1999 at the start of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration and was removed in April 2001. He was also commander of Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, peace-keeping force, ECOMOG, from December 1996 to April 1998 during the first Liberian civil war. The former Army chief also chaired the military tribunal that tried former Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Oladipo Diya, in 1998 over alleged coup plot against the then late Head of State, General Sanni Abacha.
The President believes that the late general would be fondly remembered for his dedication and commitment as a military officer, and his numerous landmark contributions to Nigeria’s unity and development.
He urged the bereaved family, friends and associates to honor Malu’s memory by upholding his invaluable sacrifices for a peaceful and united Nigeria.