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Nigerians call for Aviation minister's resignation

09 October 2013, 10:32

Lagos - Human rights advocates and social commentators demanded the dismissal of Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, following her comments in the aftermath of the death of 14 people in the Associated Airline plane crash in Lagos.

The minister was quoted as saying the disaster was “inevitable” and “an act of God.”

Critics said such comments were misplaced, coming at a time families were mourning their deceased.

They maintained such comments made her unfit to hold public office.

In an interview with CAJ News, public affairs expert, Jude Okenwa described the minister’s comment as “irresponsible.”

“In any sane society, such comments by a minister can cost them their job. How can she attribute such accident as the will of God. Families are mourning and all she could say is that the accident is the will of God? God does not kill people,” he said.

He called on the minister to apologize to the families that are mourning or tender her resignation immediately.

A lecturer at the Lagos State University, Mike Onuh, also condemned the minister's comment saying she should have taken responsibility for the crash.

“It really baffles me that people will rather choose to blame everything that happens in this country on God. I beg to disagree with them. This crash is not an act of God. Somebody or something was responsible for that crash. The minister, in my opinion, should have waited for the outcome of investigations into the crash before making such insensitive remarks. If people are calling for her sack, I support them," he said.

Human right lawyer, Robert Igbenedion, also joined the call for the Minister's sack saying he was “appalled” at her conduct.

“Under the watch of Stella Oduah, as the Aviation Minister, many souls have been killed in air crashes. Such insensitivity is rarely seen anywhere in the world. Only in Nigeria, can this happen. Not only am I surprised but I am also utterly sad. My advice to the president is to sack Oduah now or face the wrath of the people,” he said.

The Associated Airline Embraer 120 ER aircraft conveying the corpse of the former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Agagu, crashed last Thursday moments after takeoff at the Murtala Muhammed Airport killing 14 of the 20 passengers on board.

– CAJ News


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