Monday, March 11, 2019 08.00AM / Ottoabasi Abasiekong for Proshare WebTV
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the death of two Nigerians, Ambassador Abiodun Bashua and Professor Pius Adesanmi in the Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board on Sunday.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu President Buhari said “my thoughts are with the families and friends of these distinguished Nigerians and the other passengers and crew who lost their lives in the plane crash in Addis Ababa. May the Almighty Allah give them strength and fortitude to bear the loss.”
The Nigerian leader also condoled with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Mr Abiy Ahmed on the tragic loss.
On Sunday an Ethiopian airline Boeing 737 ET302 plane which was en-route Kenya crashed, shortly after take-off claiming the lives of all the 147 passengers and 8 crew members, bringing to a total of 157 people who lost their lives.
Across the globe there has been condolence messages from the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutterez, President Emerson Mnangangwa of Zimbabwe, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Nana Akuffo-Addo of Ghana, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Prof Pius Adesanmi
Until his death he was a Professor of Literature and African studies and was the Director, Centre for African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and was also a Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa(IFRA) from 1993 to 1997, as well as a Fellow of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) from 1998 to 2000.
Adesanmi was an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, United States from 2002 to 2005.
He was also a regular columnist on Premium Times and Sahara Reporters, writing on the Nigerian social and political system.
Prof Adesanmi had a great impact on the lives of his friends and associates and was selfless in his academic community.
Ambassador Abiodun Bashua
Ambassador Abiodun Oluremi Bashua was a seasoned United Nations Expert who had extensive experience in several United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa.
He joined the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in 2009 and was appointed Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur in 2014 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Ambassador Bashua also served as Secretary to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
He was a hardworking and dedicated diplomat and made positive impact in all his assignments.