Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, has commiserated with the Nigerian Air Force and the family of the pilot who lost his life during the crash on Abuja on Friday.
Saraki in a statement through Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, described the pilot and his colleagues who partook in the flying rehearsal ahead of the nation’s 58th Independence anniversary on Monday as “true heroes dedicated to their national calling.”
He took the opportunity to call for special recognition for all the officers, the dead ones and the ones that are still alive, who partook in the unfortunate national assignment.
Saraki said: “I am saddened over the tragic crash of two Nigerian Air Force fighter jets in Abuja that led to the loss of an officer and injuries on others.
“The affected officers are true heroes among countless other military personnel who continue to put their lives on the line to defend and make the country proud.
“Nigeria has lost a truly dedicated and patriotic Officer. The departed officer and his colleagues who survived the unfortunate crash deserve special recognition and place in annals of the nations’s military history”.
He lauded the Nigerian Air Force and other security agencies for the prompt and successful rescue mission which helped save lives of other personnel on the national mission.