Jonathan declares 3-day national mourning

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a three-day national mourning in memory of the 153 victims of the Dana airlines plane crash on Sunday in Lagos.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Reuben Abati, said the president, who has also cancelled all official engagements scheduled for tomorrow, has directing that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast in all public buildings throughout the three days of national mourning.

To unravel the immediate and remote causes of the crash, the President has ordered the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, to carry out full investigations into the circumstances that led to the incident.

While praying  that God grants the families of the victims of the crash the courage and fortitude to bear their loss, the president assured Nigerians that every effort would be made to assuage their pain.

“The President joins all Nigerians in mourning all those who lost their lives in the plane crash, which has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi State.

“President Jonathan assures air travellers in the country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives in today’s plane crash and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country,” Mr. Abati said.

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State House Press Release, June 3, 2012

PRESIDENT JONATHAN DECLARES THREE DAYS OF NATIONAL MOURNING FOR VICTIMS OF DANA PLANE CRASH –

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has declared a three-day period of national mourning for all those who lost their lives in the Dana plane crash in Lagos today. President Jonathan who has cancelled all his public engagements scheduled for tomorrow, has also directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning.

Meanwhile, the President has ordered the fullest possible investigation into the crash. In compliance with the President’s directive, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah has already left Abuja for Lagos to oversee the crash investigations and present an interim report to the Federal Government as quickly as possible.

The President joins all Nigerians in mourning all those who lost their lives in the plane crash which has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi State.

President Jonathan assures air travellers in the country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives in today’s plane crash and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country.

He prays that God Almighty will grant the families of the victims of the plane crash the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss.

Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity)

June 3, 2012

 

 

 


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