Canada Mourns As 18 Citizens Perish In Ethiopian Plane Crash

Canadian Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland.                                                           Credit: AFP


Canada’s foreign minister on Sunday deplored the “terrible news” that 18 Canadian nationals were among the 157 people killed in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner.

“Terrible news from Addis Ababa this morning,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Twitter. “My heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones.”

She said the Ottawa government was in “close contact” with Ethiopian authorities to gather more information.

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The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed minutes after an early-morning takeoff Sunday from Addis Ababa.

People holding passports from more than 30 countries and the UN were on board, but Canadians, with 18 victims, trailed only the 32 Kenyans who died in the crash.

The plane plowed into a field southeast of Addis Ababa, the airline’s CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, lamenting the “very sad and tragic day.”

The crash came on the eve of a major assembly in Nairobi of the UN Environment Program, but that agency did not say whether any delegates were on the plane.

State-owned Ethiopian Airline, Africa’s largest carrier, had taken delivery of the Boeing 737-800 MAX plane only on November 15.

The aircraft was of the same type as a plane that crashed in October shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.


Obasanjo, Saraki Pay Condolence Visit To Shagari’s Family


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, have paid a condolence visit to the family of the late former President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari in Sokoto State.

The visit comes three days after Shagari died at the National Hospital Abuja, the nation’s capital after a brief illness.

Obasanjo, who had earlier described the former leader as a man of honour and an achiever, sympathised with the Shagari family as well as the government and people of the state.

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Speaking at the Shagari residence, Obasanjo described the man to whom he handed over in 1979, as a leader who took decisions objectively in the best interests of the country.

According to him, Nigeria and indeed Africa have lost a leader who can never be replaced.

Prominent leaders that also visited the family include Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and former Vice President Namadi Sambo.

Punch Chairman, Aboderin Will Be Remembered For His Resourcefulness, Contributions – Buhari

President Buhari’s Democracy Day Address (FULL TEXT)
File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday extended his condolence to the family of the Chairman of Punch Newspapers, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin, who passed away after a heart surgery.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari praised Aboderin for his numerous contributions to the media and sports industry.

“President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the family of the Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbadebowale Aboderin, who passed away at the age of 60,” he said via Twitter.

President Buhari believes that Aboderin, who was greatly admired by his peers in the media and sports industry, will be long remembered for his resourcefulness, managerial proficiency and invaluable contributions to the growth of these sectors.

The President believes the late Chairman was greatly admired by his peers in the media and sports industry.

He added, “The President equally commiserates with all members of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the media and sports industry in the country on the death of the respected entrepreneur and philanthropist.”

The print media had taken to its website to break the news of their Aboderin’s death.

According to them, he died after a heart surgery in a hospital in Lagos on Wednesday morning.

Mr Aboderin, who hailed from Kudeti in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, died at the age of 60.

His family also confirmed his death in a statement by one Angela Emuwa and dated May 31, 2018.

The deceased attended the Government College, Ibadan and trained as a commercial pilot at the Burnside-Ott Flying School, Florida, United States.

He was a sports enthusiast, philanthropist and founded the Dolphins Female Basketball Foundation.

He was the chairman of the foundation and also an erstwhile chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association.

Aboderin is survived by his wife and two children.

Security: APC’s Worst Critics Will Agree We Have Tried, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the efforts of his All Progressives (APC)-led administration in tackling insecurity.

President Buhari during his visit to Taraba State on Monday said the security situation in the country has improved since his assumption of office in 2015 that even the worst critics of the party can attest to it.

This was in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu after the President’s visit to condole with the families of the victims of killings in Taraba State.

He said his administration had focused on securing the country since assumption of office, adding that the “worst critics of APC will agree that we have tried in improving the security situation in the country, right from the Boko Haram attacks.’’

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Buhari during the visit said the purpose was to also meet with traditional rulers to appeal to them to continue to pursue peace in their communities.

“I came here mainly to have this forum with leaders, traditional rulers and the state government to extend my condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and properties.

“I am appealing to the traditional rulers not to give up in pursuing peace. The country has to be secured before you can manage the economy,” President Buhari said in the statement.

On his part, the governor commended the Federal Government for the ongoing construction of the Mambila Power Plant as the completion of the project would greatly impact on the economy of the state and the nation.

He, however, regretted that he inherited a state that was deeply divided along ethnic and tribal lines.

In doing that, he noted, there would be a need for the traditional rulers to support the government in terms of their structures, goodwill and experience in promoting harmony.

While warning that all the perpetrators of violence in the country President Buhari said the security situation in the country had improved upon the APC assumption of office in 2015.

Jonathan Condoles Family Of Jigawa Deputy Speaker

President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the family of Honourable Inuwa Sule Udi, the Deputy Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, who was involved in a car accident while on his way home from Kano.

Describing the death of the lawmaker as ‘very painful and untimely’ President Jonathan also condoled with the Jigawa State House Speaker, members of the Assembly and the government and people of Jigawa State, saying that Honourable Inuwa Sule Udi’s legislative experience would be solely missed, not just Jigawa state alone but the nation as whole, while still expressing his shock at the death of the lawmaker who has been in the Jigawa State House of Assembly as a third-term member.

President Jonathan ended by praying that God Almighty would console members of the Udi family and grant the soul of the departed lawmaker peaceful rest.