Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has praised Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for continuing with campaign activities for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party despite facing a near-death experience when his helicopter crash-landed in Kabba, Kogi State, on Saturday.
Osinbajo and the other nine people who were onboard the chopper came out unhurt and immediately continued on the campaign trail in the state.
The President’s message was conveyed through a tweet posted by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has praised what he called ‘the tenacious spirit’ of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who survived a helicopter crash in Kogi state,” Shehu’s tweet read, reported The Punch.
He also asked God to grant Osinbajo more good health and long life to serve Nigeria.
Soon after the incident took place, Osinbajo, 61, himself tweeted footage of him waving at the crowds from a bus. He thanked the crew of the aircraft for the way they handled the situation.
” We are safe and sound! Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern and thank you to the crew who managed the situation well. We believe that God will continue to keep us and Nigeria safe even as we go higher. We continue #NextLevelEngagements in Kabba, Kogi State,” he wrote on Twitter.
The cause of the crash currently remains unknown. However, the government has already launched an investigation into the matter. Notably, it was the second crash in eight months involving the vice-president.
Caverton Helicopters, the company that owned the aircraft, blamed unusual weather conditions for the crash.
President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking re-election on February 16. Buhari’s main election rival, Mr. Atiku Abubakar, also tweeted his relief that the vice-president and his team were unhurt.
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