The Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, has condemned the attitude of some Nigerians to the helicopter crash that killed six people including Patrick Yakowa, the Kaduna State Governor; and the former National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi.
There were condemnatory comments on social media sites by people who questioned the use of a military helicopter for un-important civilian purposes and the penchant of politicians not to travel on bad roads
The social media enthusiasts also felt aggrieved that the roads in Nigeria are constantly neglected with thousands of ordinary citizens losing their lives, while the ruling elite recourse to air travels.
Some of the comments on twitter read, “Yakowa and Azazi’s death: A wake up call and lesson to all politicians!”
“Yakowa and Azazi died in d line of frivolity. they were on their way from a funeral 2 d 1st lady’s thanksgiving jamboree,” another read.
Mr. Aliyu, however, chided those Nigerians reported to have celebrated the deaths describing them as “inhuman.”
The governor made the remark while receiving the Speaker of Niger State House of Assembly, Adamu Usman, who led other members of the Assembly to pay a condolence visit on him.
“No matter the religion one professes, the simple tenet is that we should sympathise with the dead and the bereaved and pray for the repose of the soul of the departed whose death is a colossal loss,” the governor said.
“Immediately we start praying for our leaders to die, then we are asking that the whole society should die. We must pray for our leaders. We must go back to our faith and practice our religion as demanded by the almighty Allah.
“We must talk to our children. We must be involved in the moral and religious education of our children. This development shows that we are failing in the duty to train our children,” Mr. Aliyu said.
He described late Mr. Yakowa as a bridge-builder who brought Muslims and Christians in Kaduna State together, saying the late governor provided peace and tranquility.
Earlier, Mr. Usman had said the legislators were impressed with the humility the late governor displayed throughout his lifetime which endeared him to a large number of Nigerians.
He said Speakers in the Northern part of the country received the news with great shock but were consoled that the deceased had left an indelible mark in the sand of times.
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