Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed his appreciation for the concern shown by Nigerians over the crash of the Chopper carrying him at Kabba, Kogi State on Saturday.
This is as former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, have wished him well, in reaction to the crash.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar tweeted: “Dear Vice President @ProfOsinbajo, I just received news of the crash of your helicopter in Kabba, Kogi State. I am happy to note however that all is well with you and your delegation. –AA”
In his reaction, conveyed through a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu on Saturday in Asaba, Gov. Okowa thanked God for the miraculous escape of the Vice President and the crew members.
“I rejoice with Mr President, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, the entire Federal Executive Council and the generality of Nigerians because, we would have been thrown into national mourning if the devil had prevailed in his evil enterprise.
“We thank God who has been merciful unto us as a nation and it is my prayer that such calamities will never occur in our dear country again.
“I also call on relevant aviation regulatory agencies to investigate the crash with a view to unravelling the remote and the immediate cause of the crash and making plans to avert future occurrence, ‘’ Okowa said.
He also called on relevant stakeholders to ensure adequate maintenance and world best practices in the aviation sector to prevent deaths occasioned by such negative occurrence.
“It is also my appeal that relevant authorities must brace up to their job and ensure effective regulation in the sector.
“They must ensure adequate maintenance and international best practices for airplanes and helicopters conveying people of authority and those not in authority to prevent unnecessary loss of life due to avoidable mishaps,’’ the governor said.
Prof. Osinbajo thanked Nigerians via his verified Twitter handle @ProfOsinbajo.