Buhari Visits Pilot Injured in Jet Crash

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday paid a ‘get-well-quick’ visit to the two Nigerian Air Force officers involved in a crash last week, at the Defence Intelligence Agency hospital in Abuja.

Buhari, who returned to the country from New York where he had attended the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, was at the Hospital Sunday evening.

Spokesman for the president, Mr. Femi Adesina said the he rejoiced with Squadron Leader Batuba, and Flight Lieutenant Andy, giving glory to God for sparing their lives.

He also commiserated with them on the loss of their colleague, Squadron Leader Bello Baba-Ari, and prayed that God would give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss.

Chief of Medical Services at the hospital, Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi, assured President Buhari that the medical condition of the officers was improving steadily, and that they were being kept for further rest and counselling, as part of the rehabilitation process.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was also on hand to receive the President, explained that the three pilots ejected successfully from their jets after the collision, while training for air parade to mark the country’s 58th Independence Anniversary.

Also on hand to receive the President at the hospital was Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman.

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