It’s double tragedy, say Mark, Ekweremadu
”Double tragedy”, were the words used by both the Senate President, David Mark, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in their separate reactions to the crash of the plane conveying the corpse of former Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Agagu, from Lagos to Akure, for burial, which reportedly claimed 15 out of the 20 people on board.
The Senate President said: “This is more than double tragedy. It is sad. It is disheartening. This is death too cruel.
“This is one tragedy that a man is tempted to question the essence of human existence. But as ordinary mortals, we lack the locus standi to question our creator”.
Ekweremadu, in his own reaction, also said: “This comes as a rude shock, and it is indeed a double tragedy, not only for the late Chief Olusegun Agagu’s family, the government and good people of Ondo State, but for the nation as a whole.
“I feel most saddened over this unfortunate incident, and send my heartfelt condolences to all the affected families and pray for the peaceful repose of the souls of all those who lost their lives.”
However, Mark added in his reaction, that since in all circumstances of life, “thanks must be given to The Almighty God, may God’s wish be done”.
He prayed that God gives the nation especially the immediate families of the deceased the fortitude to bear this painful loss just as he prayed that the souls of the departed rest in peace.
Meanwhile, Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has expressed deep condolences with the people and Government of Ondo State as well as families of thge victims.
The governor noted in a statement by his media aide that the crash occurred when the nation was still at its wits on how best to console the people and government of Ondo State on the untimely death of Agagu.
Uduaghan said it was more painful that the corpse of the former governor and key members of the Agagu family and other sympathisers were involved in the crash.
“How can anyone explain what has happened? How can we console those who have been thrown into another round of mourning? What of sympathisers who have become victims in the crash?”, he asked.
Uduaghan however said that instances such as this call for prayers from all, especially for the Agagu family and Ondo State in general.
“These are times when we must draw closer to God. It is a time when we must come together to pray for the Agagu family, victims of the plane crash and Ondo State. We share in their Grief,” he added.