Following the crash-landing of a helicopter in which Nigeria’ Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was travelling for a campaign engagement in Kabba, Kogi State, North Central zone of the country on Saturday, a religious organization, Coalition of Christian Groups For Good Governance (Nigeria and Diaspora), COCGOG, has called on the Federal Government to immediately commence an investigation into the crash.
The group also called for prayers for the Vice President, who, it said, has escaped plane crash twice within the last seven months.
A tweet by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, which confirmed the crash had said that the vice president and the crew were unhurt.
Akande in a tweet, said: “VP Osinbajo’s Chopper crash lands in Kabba, but he and the entire crew safe.
“He is continuing with his engagements and plans for the day in Kogi State.”
Details surrounding the incident were yet unknown as at the time of filing this report.
The President of COCGOG and Chairman, Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians, Rev. Daniel Kadzai, made the demand for probe of the crash and called for prayers for Osinbajo in a statement issued in Abuja, Saturday.
“Similar suspicious incidents have happened in the past without probe. This particular one should be thoroughly investigated”, he stated.
Kadzai recalled the case of late Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State, former National Security Adviser (NSA), late Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi and late Assistant Inspector-General of Police, John Haruna “who lost their lives in mysterious Helicopter crashes.”
Kadzai, immediate-past President of YOWICAN – Christian Association of Nigeria (Youth Wing) said, “Till date, nothing had been said about the investigation into the Helicopter crashes of these great people. This has raised serious suspicion on the frequent crash involving top Christians in Nigeria.
“While we call on Christians all over the country to pray fervently against any form of manipulations against the Vice President, Pastor Yemi Osibanjo, we also demand thorough investigation into the cause of the crash.
“Similar suspicious incidents happened in the case of late governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State, late Andrew Owoye Azazi and late AIG John Haruna who lost their lives in mysterious Helicopter crashes. Till date, nothing has been said about the investigations, thus raising serious suspicion on the frequent crash involving top Christians in Nigeria.”
Last week, COCGOG protested the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari, with a call on all Christians nationwide to “be at alert and await further directives.”
Kadzai had appealed to the international community to prevail on Buhari to “toe the part of honour and reverse the ambiguous adventure.”
“From the body language of VP Osinbajo and other Christians in government, it is obvious that they are either under threat or under some powers in Aso Rock. Hence, they need the prayers of all Christians in Nigeria for spiritual deliverance”, he stated.