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Obi expresses sadness over death of 36 soldiers due to helicopter mishap

Mr Peter Obi, the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party has expressed sadness over the ill-fated Air Force helicopter that claimed 36 soilders in Niger on Monday morning. NEWSDIARY reports.Information Guide Nigeria

Obi, the former Anambra  governor disclosed this in a statement via his official X handle (formerly Twitter) in Lagos on Friday.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Nigerian Air Force on Thursday announced that an MI-171 Helicopter on a casualty evacuation mission crashed in Niger State.

A statement by the spokesman, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the aircraft crashed in Chukuba Village, Niger,  saying that preliminary investigation had commenced to ascertain the cause of the air mishap.JAMB Portal

Obi said  the death of the soldiers, reportedly killed in a terrorist ambush in Niger  and the ill-fated military helicopter, on a rescue mission, in the same state was unfortunate and disheartening.

He expressed concerns over the deplorable level of insecurity in most parts of the country which, had continued to cost the nation precious lives and property with the attendant economic costs.

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Obi also expressed sympathy to families of the patriotic slain soldiers who had paid the supreme price for their fatherland in a very painful way, fighting against insecurity in the country.NYSC Portal 

“The continual loss of lives, of our military men and other citizens, to insecurity is very painful and disgusting.

“We must unite as a people, to subdue this monster of insecurity threatening our collective existence, without which, no development will be experienced in the country,” he said.

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While commiserating with the military agencies over the sad incidents, Obi urged them not to be dispirited over the challenges they faced but to see them as the inevitable path to go before achieving a safe and secure nation for all.JAMB Result

He said: “I commiserate with our military agencies whose personnel have continued to pay the supreme price, for peace and security in our nation.

“I want you to remain courageous and resilient in the fight. I will also like to encourage a full-scale investigation to be carried out to unravel the cause of the helicopter crash as a way of preventing future occurrences.”

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Essien, Goodnews is a gruaduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Uyo; Currently working at Infoguide Media as a news writer.

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