Crashed Chopper conveying Vice President Osinbajo and others
Crashed Chopper conveying Vice President Osinbajo and others

(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-The crash landing of the Nigerian Air Force helicopter conveying Nigeria’s vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the Kabba township stadium in Kogi State on Saturday, on their way to a political engagement has reminded Nigerians of a similar one in December 2012 that claimed the lives of General Owoye Andrew Azazi, Nigeria’s former National Security Adviser; Patrick Yakowa, serving Governor of Kaduna state and four others when a Naval helicopter in which they were travelling crashed and burst into flames in the forest of Okoroba, Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, shortly after take-off, as was then reported by Vanguard.

While the victims of the 2012 disaster were said to have been burnt beyond recognition, Osinbajo and others traveling with him survived unhurt, the reason why Nigerians are grateful to God but are insisting on investigation into the state of helicopters and other facilities of the country’s armed forces, with a view to closing gaps where they exist, to avoid recurrence.

Although there reports that the incident occurred when the propeller of the chopper suddenly pulled out at the stadium, calls for a credible investigation into the incident by the Peoples Democratic Party and other concerned Nigerians must be taken seriously in order to guarantee the safety of users of such facilities.

Meanwhile, Nigerians across religious, tribal and political lines have thanked God for delivering the Vice President and his entourage from untimely death and saving the country the trauma of such a loss just a few days to the 2019 general elections.