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President Buhari commiserates with helicopter victims' families

31 August 2015, 07:49

Kaduna - President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday commiserated with the families of the seven people that died in a Donier 228 aircraft crash on Saturday in Kaduna.

The President, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Ismail Aliyu, said the crash was a sad event, not only to the Armed Forces but to all Nigerians.

"We want to, on behalf of the Federal Government, extend our condolences to all of them. May the almighty God forgive their sins.

"The President has the passion and zeal to address the challenges, in the Airforce, Army and Navy.

"The President is committed to repositioning them to withstand any challenges to global standard.

Also read: 7 die in helicopter crash in Kaduna

"Its a sad incident, we should take it from God because God made it their last day. We should always pray when our time is up to die in peace."

Also speaking, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin, said a committee will be set up to unravel what happened.

"So that proactive measures can be taken to stop future occurrences," he said.

The team visited the scene of the crash and the families of the victims to commiserate with them.

Other members of the visiting team were the General Officer Commanding 1-Division, Adeyemi Oyebade; Air Officer Commanding Training Command, AVM Alkali Mamu; Commandant of the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Mohammad Ibrahim and other military officers.

The Abuja-bound Nigerian Air Force Dornier-228 aircraft with call sign NAF030 crashed into Ribadu Cantonment (Old NDA) at about 6:45 a.m., killing all seven people on board.



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