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Reactions to Yakowa, Azazi and others’ death…

| December 18, 2012 More

A national tragedy – Oni

The national vice-chairman (South-West) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Segun Oni, said the death in a helicopter crash of Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and the immediate past National Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, General Andrew Owoye Azazi, and four others is a “national tragedy, sad memory of which will linger for a very long time.”

Oni, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Lere Olayinka, said he was particularly sad that the life of such a “God-fearing, hard working and passionate believer in the project Nigeria like Governor Yakowa could be cut short in such a tragic manner,” and commiserated with the family of the late Governor Yakowa and the new governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero, as well as the family of General Azazi, over the irreplaceable.

“This incident is a rude shock. It is a very sad moment in the history of Nigeria and I pray that God, in His infinite mercies, will put an end to these calamities befalling us as a nation.

“All I can say now is that God will console the families, friends and associates of the deceased, especially the people of Kaduna State that Governor Yakowa served diligently,” Oni said.


… A great loss to the country – Yuguda

Bauchi State governor, Isa Yuguda, has also expressed shock over the death of the former Kaduna State Governor, the late Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, in a helicopter crash, last Saturday, alongside one-time Chief of Defence Staff and immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA) to the President, Andrew Owoye Azazi, describing the death as a great loss to the country.

Yuguda, in a press release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Ishola Michael Adeyemi, declared that, “last Saturday was indeed a black Saturday when we lost a rare gem who did everything possible to see that his state was peaceful, in spite of the security challenges facing this part of the country. He will be greatly missed by his people.”

The Governor further described the late Patrick Yakowa as a man of the people, who ensured that justice was done to everyone not considering race, tribe, religion, and or religious differences saying, “he was one Nigerian who is worthy of emulation. He died for peace and unity of not only Kaduna State but the country at large, his wealth of experience will be missed by all.”

While condoling the immediate family, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Vice President, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo as well as the government and people of Kaduna State, over the loss, Yuguda urged them to take it as an act of God because according to him, “every mortal must taste death but the misery is where, when and how, nobody knows.”


Shocking, unfortunate – Oyinlola

National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has described the death of the immediate past governor of Kaduna State, Mr Patrick Yakowa and the former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Andrew Azazi, as a great loss to the country.

Prince Oyinlola, in a statement on Monday, described the helicopter crash that resulted in the death of the two and four others as “very shocking and unfortunate.”

“Governor Yakowa was an unassuming leader who governed his state with absolute dedication and patriotism. His commitment to the peace and development of the state was very apparent for all to see.

“I knew General Azazi right from our days in the army. He was an officer with a great commitment to professionalism and excellence in all he did. He was loyal, disciplined and unwaveringly committed to the cause of Nigeria. Nigeria could see all these attributes displayed in all the top jobs he did for Nigeria.

“In the death of these two gentlemen and the fine officers that went down with them, Nigeria has been made poorer. I can only pray that God Almighty will repose their souls and grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss,” Prince Oyinlola said.


… Sambo Dasuki mourn too

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Mr Sambo Dasuki, expressed his deep condolences to the family of his immediate predecessor, General Andrew Owoeye Azazi and that of the former governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, who lost their lives with their aides, in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa State, last weekend.

A statement from the office of the NSA, said Dasuki had already called and spoken with Mrs Alero Azazi over the death of her husband and his friend/regular 12 course mate.

The statement described as blatant falsehood some media reports indicating that the NSA was involved in the crash. “We wish to state that the NSA, Mr Dasuki was not in the helicopter that crashed because he had been out of the country on national assignment.”


‘Learn from Yakowa’s life and times’

The Bauchi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) urged Nigerians to learn from the life and times of the former Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State, who died in a helicopter crash, last Saturday, in Bayelsa State.

The party, while commiserating with the family of the late governor, the government and people of Kaduna State as well as the entire PDP family in the country, in a statement made available to journalists in Bauchi, on Monday, signed by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Bashir Rimin Zayam, urged Nigerians, especially the political class, to learn politics without bitterness, adding that politics should not be a do-or-die affair.

“Nigerians should learn a lesson of politics without bitterness and not to make politics a do- or-die affair.”

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