The UK arm of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Europe Chapter has blamed the hypocritical neglect of Nigerian roads for the air crash that claimed the lives of the Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State, Gen Owoye Azazi and four others. This was made known in a statement signed by the Chairman of the United Kingdom chapter of the union, Lashley Oladigbolu.
The statement reads inter alia: “The Nigeria Union of Journalists Europe United Kingdom Chapter commiserates with the families and friends of the crash victims of a Nigerian military helicopter resulting in the death of Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Owoye Azazi (rtd), their aides, Dauda Tsoho and Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal and the pilots, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole. Our heartfelt condolences also go to the governments and the people of Kaduna and Bayelsa States.
It is disheartening to learn that the mishap at 3:30pm local time on Saturday in Bayelsa State leading to the death of a two top Nigerian officials and four others may have been avoided if they used the roads en-route Port-Harcourt Airport instead the use of aircraft. The Nigeria Union of Journalists Europe UK Chapter regrets to know the absence of standard airports in Bayelsa and that most roads across the south-eastern part of the country especially the major but linking roads from Yenegoa in Bayelsa State to Port-Harcourt Airport need urgent rehabilitation.