Nigeria: The crash, the wedding party and the absent executive

24 May 2021

Hi Folks,

Let’s not mince words, these are not the best of times for Nigeria.

First, it was the torrents of fraud cases against Nigerians in high positions both at home and abroad; the issue of kidnaps here and there.

No one ever thought that tragedy will befall the body that is saddled with the responsibility of our safety.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General. Attahiru Ibrahim, 25th such office holder in the Nigerian Army died in a plane crash alongside 11 other gallant officers; throwing Africa’s most populous nation into mourning.

The crash was said to have been caused by bad weather, the veracity of this remains to be confirmed as investigation into the cause of accident is underway.

The crash was on 21st of May 2021 and they were buried of the 22nd of May. The crash itself was a shock but what was more shocking according to public outcry was the absence of key players in the Nigerian government at the funeral rights.

Nigerians have expressed disappointment in the presidency for now showing empathy and attending the funeral.

President Muhammadu Buhari was not there, neither was his vice; Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. Many Nigerians took to Twitter and Instagram to pour out their anger at what they termed “lack of empathy” on the side of the President and his vice.

The complains didn’t stop at the presidency, governors and ministers got their fair share of the blames for trooping to Nigeria’s Attorney General’s son’s wedding.

Abubakar Maami is Nigeria’s Minister for Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, so many opined that a man of such an office should have postponed the wedding ceremony of his son to honor the late COAS.

A few dissenting opinions were brought up and they were met with stiff opposition, so rather than push my position; I will like to ask for yours.

What do you think about the President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence from the final burial rights for the late Chief of Army Staff?

Endeavor to make someone smile today through your acts of kindness.

Yours,

Ilupeju B