The Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the news of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo surviving a helicopter crash in Kabba, Kogi State, earlier today.The Vice President is in the state to continue on the campaign train of President Muhammadu Buhari, which has seen them visiting several states across the country in the past few days.
The helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Airforce was about landing when it crash-landed.
I join all Nigerians in thanking Almighty God for sparing the life of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who survived a helicopter crash over Kabba, Kogi State today. https://t.co/bSLo0ahTKQ
— Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) February 2, 2019
In his reaction, Saraki wrote:
I join all Nigerians in thanking Almighty God for sparing the life of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who survived a helicopter crash over Kabba, Kogi State today.
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo was second time lucky yesterday after surviving a helicopter crash at Kabba,Kogi State,two weeks to the presidential election.No one on board the Augusta AW139 helicopter was hurt, neither was anyone on ground.The six-seater chopper was in the process of landing at the Kabba Township Stadium when it unexpectedly lost one of its blades and hit the ground on its right side.Caverton Helicopters,the firm that manages the aircraft, attributed the crash to bad weather which apparently blurred visibility for the pilot.
An eye witness said that as the helicopter made to land on the sandy field, a lot of dust was thrown up and visibility became poor.In no time,one of the blades flew off and the helicopter lost balance.At a point,the aircraft appeared to be swerving to one end of the stadium where a bus was parked but the pilot managed to manoeuvre it from the area until he finally lost control and the helicopter went down.The eyewitness said a lot of people would have possibly died if the chopper had crashed where it was first headed.
Inside the Coaster bus were Senator Smart Adeyemi,a former President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kogi West and some of his supporters.An aide to Adeyemi,Mr. Dare Olayemi, said of the incident:”By all definition,the crash, the safety of VP Osinbajo and the fact that there was no casualty constitute a very strange miracle.“I was among those who brought out the Vice President through the window of the crashed chopper; the man did not sustain a single bruise and he went ahead straightaway to launch the Tradermoni as earlier planned.
“About thirty minutes earlier, a police helicopter which appeared to be an advance party had landed.“The Vice President’s helicopter appeared to be shiny and in spectacular condition – far more impressive to look at than the previous one.“My leader, Senator Adeyemi, and several others were in a Coaster bus when we suddenly realised that the pilot had lost control.
“Were it not for God’s timely intervention and the pilot’s reaction, our bus would have become a trap in a stadium built by Senator Adeyemi for his people a few years ago.
“The surging crowd made it difficult for the bus to move and when the helicopter crash landed, losing one side, some of us rushed to help but other than the VP, I can’t recognise faces of the others in the helicopter.“It was indeed, a very strange miracle that none in the crowd and none of the helicopter occupants suffered any injury,“Minutes afterwards, the Vice President carried on with the Tradermoni event as if the shocking and unprecedented spectacle that we all witnessed earlier, with our hearts in our mouth, was a non-event.”