President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt condolences to the Nigerian Air Force, and relations of five persons who died in a military helicopter crash January 2 in Damasak, Borno State.
The President mourned Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob (Pilot in Command), Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas (Co-Pilot), Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim (Flight Technician), Lance Corporal Adamu Nura (Gunner), and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael (Gunner), who died in the mishap.
Commiserating with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, President Buhari said it was sad that the fine officers and men lost their lives in the bid to guarantee the safety and protection of their countrymen.
He said rather than dampen the morale of troops fighting insurgency in the North-east, the unfortunate development would rather bolster their resolve to completely eliminate all evil-doers within the shortest possible time.
President Buhari also condoled with the families and relations of the dead, noting that the dead officers and men were heroes, who paid the ultimate price for peace to reign in the country.
“Heartfelt condolences to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the Nigerian Air Force, and the families of the dead,” Buhari tweeted.
“These fine officers and men lost their lives striving to guarantee our safety and protection as a people and a nation.
“Their sacrifice will never be in vain. May their souls rest in peace, Amen.”