Ebonyi Governor Engineer David Umahi, has joined the numerous voices who believe there was something fishy about the Airforce plane crash which killed COAS Attahiru, only 115 days into his appointment. the governor describes the incident as a national calamity, and asks the Federal Government to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the crash.
Civil Society Organisation and human rights group, Concerned Nigerians (CN) in a statement released on Saturday, through the Convener, CN, Comrade Deji Adeyanju, also asked President Buhari to engage independent air accident experts to investigate the Airforce plane crash which killed COAS Attahiru and other military officers, minding that “It cannot be a coincidence for three Nigerian Air Force jets to have crashed in a space of three months. Something is fundamentally wrong somewhere and the onus is on the President to uncover these mysterious crashes.
The statement also reads in part, “Our heartfelt condolences are with the families of the Chief of Army Staff, the Air Force crew, and other generals who lost their lives in the ill-fated crash that occurred in Kaduna International Airport.
The group also called “on the President to launch an inquest into the cause of the crash that claimed the lives of some of our finest officers by employing the services of independent air accident experts. Saying, “We are worried that the security agencies may have been compromised.
The fears of the group and other Nigerians are further expressed in the statement, “We have always condemned the idea of granting former Boko Haram fighters amnesty and the dire consequences of enlisting them into the army and other security forces.
“The cabinet of the President and our security agencies are filled with terrorist sympathizers. Unless the President rids his administration of these unscrupulous elements that have infiltrated his cabinet, the war against insurgency will continue to be a mirage.
“Moreover, we are calling on the President to suspend every traveling activity by air pending the outcome of a comprehensive report on the numerous Air Force plane crashes by the Independent Air Accident experts earlier recommended.”
The late Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, died in a fatal plane crash on Friday in Kaduna along with 10 other military officers, just 115 days after his appointment.
Ndudi Elumelu, minority leader of the lower chamber, in a statement issued on Saturday, expressed concern over the incident, and condoled with the family members of the victims. “The minority caucus is grief-stricken by this huge tragedy which has befallen our dear nation and we demand a full scale investigation into the unfortunate incident … Our caucus calls for a system-wide investigation into the cause of the crash, as well as the last two crashes of our military planes which also led to the loss of lives of our gallant and promising officers.
“As representatives of the people, we stand with the Army, the entire military as well as the families of the Chief of Army Staff and other gallant officers and men who have paid the supreme price in service to secure our nation.”