Sultan, NSCIA demand crash's probe

THE NATION Newspaper- Yusuf Alli

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Saad, has demanded a probe into last Sunday’s Dana Air plane crash in Lagos .

The Nasrul Lahi-L Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) yesterday asked the Federal Government to overhaul the aviation sector.

In a statement by its Secretary-General, Dr. Abdullateef Adegbite, the NSCIA said it is regrettable that the nation has fallen short of global best aviation practices.

The statement reads: “The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) extends heartfelt condolences to the entire nation on the most tragic Dana Air Crash which occurred last Sunday in Iju Ishaga Area of Lagos consuming tens of precious lives.

“In particular, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the bereaved. We urge the Federal Government to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident to determine if all concerned, the Air Line Operators as well as Aviation Regulators, duly observed the rules.

The government should act promptly on the report of the investigation. An immediate overhaul of the Aviation Sector should also be ordered.

“It is obvious that Nigeria falls far short of global best aviation practices. This should not be so. Therefore, the Federal Government must intervene now by injecting special funds to aid the Nigerian aviation industry and bring it to world best standards.

“We should also intensify prayers to the Almighty Allah to protect Nigerians and our visitors and spare us in the future this kind of tragic experience in our air, sea and land travels.”

NASFAT, in a statement by its National President, Alhaji Sheriff Yussuf, said a radical transformation is required in the aviation industry.

The statement reads: “Nasrul Lahi-L Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) hereby extends our deep sympathies to families of victims of the Dana plane crash of Sunday, 3rd June, 2012, the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as the Lagos State Government.

“We feel the burden of loss and pain that this incident must have inflicted on all affected persons, but will admonish that we accept the incident as the will of Allah. We pray that Allah will comfort all hearts that are grieving at this time with His Divine Mercies, Provisions and the fortitude to bear the pains.

“NASFAT will like to use this medium to call on the Federal Government of Nigeria and its regulatory agencies to use this event to radically change the seeming culture of permissiveness and improvisations in the management of quality standards in our aviation and other sensitive industries.

“ We believe that machinery and equipment that will not be allowed to operate in other civilised societies should not find comfortable habitation and use in Nigeria , which invariably endanger lives and distort orderliness in our country. We pray Allah in His Mercies to forgive our shortcomings as a people and save our country from future reoccurrence of similar calamities.”

The Chief Imam of Lagos Sheikh Garuba Akinola Ibrahim and Baba Adini of Lagos Sheikh Abdul Hafeez Abou have condoled with the families of the victims of the plane crash in Nigeria and Ghana and the Bauchi bomb explosion.

A statement by the duo expressed sadness over the tragedies.

They said: "We are extremely saddened by what we described as national three-in-one disasters. It came to us as rude shock."

The duo urged Muslims to pray against the recurrence of such tragedies.

They added: "All these events that were unfolding calls for serious spiritual concern, it makes us fill so frightened and hearth broken to see and hear of all the heinous happenings to us as a nation, as such we on our part shall not relent in our daily supplication to Allah to forgive us our sins and grant us mercy and grace.

"We also prayed Allah to grant the families and the nation the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses and other tragedies and calamities that had befallen the country."


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