By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
Controversies have continued to trail the crashed Nigerian Air Force (NAF) airplane that claimed the lives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others in Kaduna last Friday, with many reading so much unimaginable meanings into the incident.
While some of the citizens of the state think it was sabotage, others are of the opinion that the federal government has to get new planes for the NAF and reequip the military in general.
Mr. Kanayo Agbafe a businessman based in Abuja wants me Defence Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence to investigate how the incident happened, while also thinking of training and retraining of NAF officers and personnel on modern aviation practices.
“For me, government should take this incident seriously. This should be the second crash in 3 months, bringing the number of military officers that have lost their lives to 18 (the crash in Abuja in February 2021).”
According to Mrs. Alice Olugboji a Kaduna based teacher, the state of NAF planes should be looked into as the accidents have become one too many.
She believes that the aircrafts are now obsolete and as such be replaced with modern and state of the art ones.
“Most of these planes were procured by the Shehu Shagari administration, so, we can guess how old. They are even second world war planes.”
“Only the Obasanjo and Yar’adua administrations that tried in equipping the Army and to some extent the Navy,” she added.
Mrs. Olugboji stressed that a top ranking army officer was once rumoured as saying that the terrorist group Boko Haram was more equipped than the Nigerian Army.
Last Friday, COAS and 10 other military officers perished in an ill fated NAF aircraft crash in Kaduna.