President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his reactions to the Saturday’s Ethiopian’s Boeing 737 crash that claimed the lives of 157 members onboard.
Naija News reports that Ambassador Abiodun Bashua and Prof. Pius Asesnmi were part of the air passengers who lost their lives during the crash.
Buhari in his reaction to the crash condoned with the families of the late Nigerians and others involved in the crash.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a two-paragraph statement on Sunday night in Abuja, said Buhari also condoled with the friends of the distinguished Nigerians, other Nigerians and eight crew members who were on board the flight and lost their lives in the disaster.
The Statement read; “My thoughts are with the families and friends of these distinguished Nigerians and the other passengers and crew who lost their lives in the plane crash in Addis Ababa. May the Almighty Allah give them strength and fortitude to bear the loss.”
The Management of the Ethiopian Airline had earlier on Sunday confirmed that two Nigerians were among the 157 passengers and eight crew members that died in the Ethiopian Airline 320 that crashed on Sunday.”
Naija News recalls that the aircraft was en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew on board before it crashed.
“Amb. Abiodun Bashua and Prof. Pius Adesanmi were two Nigerians that have their identity confirmed in the crash.
“Prof. Pius Adesanmi was carrying a Canadian passport.
“The other Nigerian had a UN passport.
“I’ve just been informed now that we lost a high profile Nigerian, Amb. Abiodun Bashua in that crash.
”Bashua was the former UN and AU Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan. A complete gentleman. May God rest his soul,” an official of the airline who requested anonymity said.
The President had earlier in a statement extended his sincere condolences to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, the people of Ethiopia, Kenya, Canada, China and all other nations who lost citizens in the air disaster.