Presidency denies complicity in Dana Air crash

The Presidency has described as “callous, inhuman and devilish” rumours making the rounds that the first lady, Patience Jonathan, was responsible for the Dana plane crash that led to the death of over 150 people, including the 146 passengers on board.

The rumour, which had been circulating through emails, facebook messages,  and other new media outlets, was that the Dana flight was prevented from landing at the Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos because the airspace was closed for Mrs. Jonathan’s arrival about the same time.

The presidency through the Special Assistant to the President, Office of the First Lady, Ayo Osinlu, however described the rumour as false.

“We consider it callous, inhuman and devilish for anyone to have thought of wrapping such national calamity in political garb by insinuating that the plane crashed because the airspace was closed for the First Lady’s movement in Lagos,” Mr. Osinlu stated.

The spokesman explained that Mrs. Jonathan arrived in Lagos a day before the air crash saying “the First Lady arrived Lagos at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, 2nd June, 2012 for a private engagement and was billed to leave for Abuja on Monday, 4th June, 2012 in compliance with her itinerary.”

Mr. Osinlu further explained that Mrs. Jonathan was at an event in Lagos when the plane crashed.

“She (Mrs. Jonathan) was at a public event on Sunday when the accident occurred and promptly abandoned the ceremony as a mark of respect for the victims and retired to the State House, Marina,” he said.

“Mrs. Jonathan had no intention to travel on Sunday and never did. Like all Nigerians, she has been mourning the dead.”

The first lady described the rumour as the act of “self-serving,” people, saying “this is the time for all Nigerians to be sober and pray for the repose of the souls of the victims and not a time to subordinate the interests of our nation to narrow self-serving interests.”



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  • Ogidi Ogidi

    If her itinerary confirms it, then, there should ne no cause for the alarm.

  • Noty4real

    From what I gathered the plane was meant to land at 3:15pm and it crashed landed at 3:45pm so the landing was delayed for 30mins because of a dignitary… someone must have caused the delay which can’t be the pilot…Air traffic controller at MMA have to explain
    We are not telling ourselves the truth…and don’t blame a faulty plane! Corrupt Country!!! The corruption is eating us up faster than cancer!

  • Ada

    This country oh!!!!! Blood of Jesus! I don’t even care if she’s the cause of the crash or not! How the hell can they close the airspace for a whole 2 hrs beacause she came to attend her frigging P.A’s child’s naming ceremony?

  • Hayatu

    If there no fire why talk about smoke

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    The president can not deny that Aviation minister Stella Oduah is competent and possess the pre-requisite knowhow knowledge of managing the Aviation ministry with Stella Oduah poor hanadling of the supervision of all local private airlines operating in Nigeria.
    To buttress this point,how come less than three months after Dana aircrash in Lagos that 155 human lives were lost that Dana airline license was released back to the airline after payment of heavy bribes to the Aviation minister.
    President Jonathan ministers are part and parcel of bribery mechanism that will prevent corruption from getting stamped out of Nigeria government.Stella Oduah operates at the highj wave lenght of tribalism and ethnicism.She has turned Nigeria Aviation ministry and its agencies to tribal sector,sacking six Yoruba GMs and replaced with with Igbos tribe as new GMs.
    Stella Oduah must be removed forthwith to stop spread of corruption-bribery and tribalism/ethnicsm in government of Nigeria.
    Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,