President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the death of two Nigerians, Ambassador Abiodun Bashua and Professor Pius Adesanmi, in the Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board on Sunday.
Mr Bashua was a Nigerian diplomat while Adesanmi was a professor at Carleton University in Canada.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari said his “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.”
All the 157 passengers and crew in the Boeing 737 plane, flying from Ethiopia to Kenya, died.
The president on behalf of the government and the people of Nigeria 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.
Reacting to the accident on Sunday, President Buhari said:
“Such large scale loss of human lives in a single incident is shocking beyond words. I am profoundly touched by this devastating report of air accident involving one of the world’s most successful and efficient Airlines. Given its remarkable safety record. This couldn’t have come at a worse time for Ethiopian Airlines.”
According to President Buhari, “like every other African leader, I am proud of the fact that Ethiopian Airlines represents one of Africa’s success stories.” The President hopes that the tragic accident will not have a negative effect on Ethiopian Airlines’ passion for excellence.