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Our attention has been drawn to the orchestrated plan to politicize the Sunday Dana Air crash in Lagos in which many people lost their lives, through rumours about the possible cause of the accident citing VIP movement involving the wife of the President.

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.

For the avoidance of doubt, the First Lady arrived Lagos at about 2pm 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, the First Lady arrived Lagos on Saturday. She 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. She left Lagos at exactly 13.15hrs on Monday, 4th June, 2012, according to schedule.

It is therefore surprising that some mischievous persons will see this moment of National mourning as an opportunity to blackmail and impugn the First Lady’s integrity.

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.

Let us all put the interest of the Nation first in whatever we do.

Mrs. Jonathan had no intention to travel on Sunday and never did. Like all Nigerians, she has been mourning the dead.
Ayo Osinlu
Special Assistant to the President
Office of the First Lady
5th June, 2012

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  1. Nigerians are full of mischievious breings that are always looking for story to say,ANY RIGHT THINKING PERSON should know that this sad event should not be poloticised.

    Posted by henry obasuyi | June 6, 2012, 8:38 am
  2. People like chasing shadows. Did they not hear that Akwa Ibom state Gov warned Dana airlines as we learnt a month ago, abt d aircraft bcos it could not land in uyo, they never heard d same aircraft crash landed in portharcourt but passengers were lucky that nothing happened. We also learnt d pilot complained that d plane was not flight-worthy. But he was forced 2 fly d aircraft. These were all grapevine gathered after d crash 2 b investigated. Again how many aircrafts do d operating airlines in Nigeria have. Apparently they dont seem 2 have enough as 1 air craft s used 2 ply all d routes in d country leading 2 fatique, stress & unnecessary delay in d airports. D fed govt should reform d aviatn sector and any airline that is found wanting should b made 2 close shop. D fed govt shld also investigate d immediate & remote cause of d crash and not only punish those found culpable but put up policies that will forestall future air disasters in ds country. Pple should leave d 1st lady alone.

    Posted by Ndukwu Robert | June 6, 2012, 2:01 pm
  3. for the records:

    Posted by rowland benstowe | June 6, 2012, 2:24 pm

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