By Emma Ujah
ABUJA—The Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, told staff and family members of the bank’s’ staff who died in the Dana plane that crashed recently that he personally complained about its condition shortly before the accident.
He spoke in Abuja, yesterday, at a memorial service for the victims of the crash. The governor said he flew the plane just a few days before it crashed, adding that he personally raised alarm about the condition of the aircraft. Many family members and colleagues of the victims wept openly when Mallam Sanusi made the comment.
According to him, “every Nigerian was touched in a much more profound way. I have a memory of that evening that will live forever because I lost a cousin in that flight. It was a very sad day”.
Mallam Sanusi who lost eight members of staff was philosophical as according to him, “things like this remind us of how transient life is because any of us in this room could have died from such circumstance. I was on that plane a few days earlier and I remember that I complained about the condition of that plane. I was not the only one that complained, other people who flew the plane also said that this aircraft isn’t a good aircraft.”
“This should be a great lesson to us that should make us understand that every time we spend with our wife, husband, daughters and sons could be our last encounter with them.”
The 8 officials who were killed in the crash were: Mr. Amiaka Rapheal; Mrs. Antoniah Attuh; Mr. Bamaiyi Adamu; Mrs. Falmata Mohammed; and Mr. Ibrahim Yusuf.
The rest were: Mr. Kim Norris ; Mr. Istifanus Mutihir ; and Mr. Samuel Mbong.