The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has sent his condolences to the family of a former Chief of General Staff, Lt. General Oladipo Diya, over his death on Sunday. Lawan also condoled the government and people of Ogun State over the loss of the one-time number two citizen under the military regime of the late General Sani Abacha. He described Gen Diya as an exemplary officer who played his role dutifully during some of Nigeria’s most critical times. Lawan said, “Diya kept his dignity under the unfortunate circumstances that ended his military career and remained a respected member of his community until he breathed his last.” The Senate president also prayed for sweet repose of the soul of the departed General and for fortitude for his family, friends and associates to bear his loss. The PUNCH reports that Diya’s death was made public via a statement by his son in the early hours of Sunday.