By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- THE thirty-six state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF will on Monday, hold an emergency meeting in Abuja.
Vanguard gathered that the meeting is to enable the governors deliberate and take a position on the death of Kaduna state governor, Patrick Yakowa who died on Saturday in an helicopter crash.
Meanwhile, the forum in a statement issued on Sunday, described Yakowa’s death as a huge loss to Nigeria and Kaduna State, just as it urged the aviation authorities to work harder at making flying safer and easier in Nigeria.
” We also urge the relevant authorities to periodically overhaul and maintain our law enforcement facilities and equipment,”the statement said.
The governors also mourned the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Owoye Azazi and others. According to them, “it is unfortunate that these six distinguished and remarkable Nigerians passed on at a time our country needed their invaluable services most. Their exit is no doubt a monumental loss to our nation.
We pray God to give the families of the departed, and indeed all Nigerians, the fortitude to bear this great loss. May the soul of these great sons of our country, Nigeria, rest in perfect peace.
“The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, hereby commiserates with the families of Governor Patrick Yakowa, General Andrew Azazi their aides, Dauda Tsoho and Mohammed Kama; and the pilots, Murtala Daba and Adeyemi Sowole, who died in Saturday’s ill-fated helicopter crash.
“We also condole with the people of Kaduna and Bayelsa States over this tragic incidence that has again thrown our country into mourning.
” We are pleased that the President has ordered an investigation into the accident. While we await the outcome of the investigation, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families, friends and associates of our departed patriots at this trying time.
“We hope the aviation authorities will work harder at making flying safer and easier in our country. We also urge the relevant authorities to periodically overhaul and maintain our law enforcement facilities and equipment.”