The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has denied the report that the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, has died.
An online report had claimed that the CDS had passed away.
However, a statement issued on Tuesday by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, disclosed that the online newspaper had since retracted the news story.
“The attention of the Defense headquarters has been drawn to an unfortunate publication by an online newspaper alleging that the chief of Defense staff (CDS) General Christopher Musa passed away yesterday. The report is unfortunate, unethical and lacks credibility.
“To put the records straight, the CDS, General Christopher Musa is alive and hearty. The Chief of Defense Staff who just returned from an official assignment outside the country has resumed work with more vigor to continue with his uncommon leadership style to prosper the armed forces of Nigeria.
“The online newspaper have since retracted the news story and offered its unreserved apology to the CDS, his family and the armed forces of Nigeria,” the DHQ stated.
The mixup may not be unconnected with the recent passing of a former Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen Chris Alli (Rtd), in Lagos.