President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has declared a three-day period of national mourning for victims the Dana plane crash in Lagos today.
In a statement on the incident by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, President Jonathan who has cancelled all his public engagements scheduled for tomorrow, has also directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning.
He has ordered full investigation into the crash.
In compliance with the President’s directive, Abati said the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah has already left Abuja for Lagos to oversee the crash investigations and present an interim report to the federal government as soon as possible.
While condoning with the families of all those who lost their lives in the plane crash, the President noted that the incident has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi State.
President Jonathan assured air travellers in the country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives in today’s plane crash and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country.