Dana Plane Crash: A Result of Nigerian Government Injustices Against Her Citizens

By Samuel Nwaobia

Many find it difficult to come to terms with the unfortunate incident that threw our country into sorrow but all we can do at this point is to pray for God to give the affected families the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. I am convinced the thought of many selfless Nigerians are with them at this darkest period.

I have used the word “Selfless Nigerians” to single out those Nigerians who would have acted differently had it been they were in a position to manage our aviation industry and not those who have had the opportunity to stop these painful tears rolling but yet chose to throw Nigerians into the dark and desolate valley of mourning while enjoying their ill-gotten money together with their families when quite number of children are out in the wilderness crying their eyes out, searching for their Dads, Mums, Sister’s, Brothers etc to no avail just because of someone’s careless acts.

Granted, accidents are bound to occur but some accidents are avoidable and the recent plane crash and road accidents in Nigeria are a clear testimony of that. While the accusation and counter-accusation as to whether there are issues of gross-negligence on the part of Dana Air soars, one thing is certain:  This is just a litmus test result of Nigeria’s inefficiency, carelessness, negligence, and greed…………I stand to be corrected!!

The result of the test has shown how incompetent those entrusted with certain responsibilities in Nigeria are, and how the present and previous Nigerian Government at all levels has woefully failed in protecting the fundamental human rights of her citizens.

The truth is; some people prefer travelling by air in Nigeria not because they enjoy it but because there seem to be certain element of security of life compared to what is obtainable when you travel by road sadly though, such theory must have surely diminished from their brains because no transport medium in Nigeria could be associated with the term safety. While we mourn the victims of this gruesome murder, we must also seek to find answers to certain questions which includes but not limited to “Why certain accidents and loss of lives should be prioritised in Nigeria” I asked this question because Nigeria seem to sacrifice human lives every hour via different means such as road accident, terrorism, armed robbery, child mortality, assassination etc.

While the Government deserve some commendation for at least making some usual noise by setting up a committee to investigate the plane crash, the question many Nigerians would be asking is who will investigate the increasing number of deaths Nigerians are subjected to on an hourly basis? Can certain people ever be prosecuted and convicted for first degree murder or gross-negligence for the loss of lives of innocent Nigerians on our roads?

While Dana Air is expected to pay compensation to the bereaved families, who will pay compensation to the family of those whose relatives has been forcefully taken away from them by the action/s of certain greedy Nigerians and Nigerian politicians whose blood has been replaced with corruption and lawlessness? Nigerian leaders, remember the words of Martin Luther King (Jr), Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. If the booklet with the inscription “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” in my possession is the same being used by other Nigerians and indeed various Governments in Nigeria then I can constructively argue that certain Nigerians are hypocrites especially the political class.

The truth remains; Nigerians are yet to see a Government or institution that would protect their rights especially right to life. In as much as we believe Dana Air should be taking certain responsibility for their carelessness, it might be morally justifiable for the Federal Government to come out clean and apologise to Nigerians for her continuous momentous failures. The Federal Government in this context includes the three tiers of Government because they have all failed though; it is not surprising to me because the record of most executive and legislative members of Government speaks for itself hence the urgent need to rediscover and redefine Nigeria and her leaders.

For this to work, our leaders must first rediscover themselves and incorporate the thought and welfare of every Nigerian in their agenda especially when planning to divert public funds meant for road reconstruction and rehabilitation knowing that the blood of any Nigerian who lost his or her life as a result of their greed would be on their head. The Senate and House of Representative members must come to terms with reality and make realistic laws that will guarantee the protection of lives in Nigeria. The Executive should work towards redefining the country, her values and what it represents which is corruption and lawlessness and that should be reflected through Government appointments, award of contracts, and during decision making. Those that claim to be opposition politicians must also realise that it is either you are part of the cause a problem or part of the solution and in Nigeria, the opposition parties and politicians are always part of the cause of major problems in Nigeria and should as well be part of the solution hence; the need to move along with international best practice and stop playing politics at the expense of Nigerians. We have suffered a lot and must stop inflicting injury on ourselves and our future.

Fellow patriots, follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost. Nigerians must be ready to resist anything that is against our conscience even if the state demands it and that includes corruption and lawlessness!!

Samuel Nwaobia a commentator on national issues wrote from England.
Twitter: @samstrongng


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There is indeed no words

There is indeed no words to comfort the people who have been through this. When you lose someone in the family that loss is never going to be compensated. Family is the strength that helps us deal with all the obstacles in the roads of life. When some problem arises in the family it really becomes unbearable. But sometimes legal problems do arise in the family, it is better to solve that by getting the most expert legal assistance for family.

The point is that

The point is that when any such mishap happens it points to the fact that there is something not working the way it should. There is some technical glitch or some other kind of malfunctioning that is causing such mishaps. When you drive a car and it meets with an accident there is more than one reason behind it. You should hire an experienced car accident lawyer such as car accident lawyer in Boston if you have been through any accident for handling the legal liabilities.

deri !!!!

Deri, why are you always shifting blames away from the President ...you blame Obj, Tinubu and whoever else you could think of. Why did Jonathan run for the Presidency ? what is living in Aso Rock for ?..plz . Something is wrong with u deri

@ Deri ; Re: d major ethnic groups are destroying 9ja not gej

U brand me evil?U and I who is more evil?U tribal and political bigot,u think Nigeria will remain under the lock and key of PDP and GEJ?How come everybody or the whole nation is complaining about the high gross incompetence of the president?Did I cause it?Who selected the advisers he used in decorating Aso Rock to the detriment of his regime?Yes MKO,KUDIRAT and Pa Alfred Rewaine were murdered by the state during the miltary rule and how has ur man GEJ prooved he is not a dictator as well?How has he handled the extra judicial killings happening in his regime?Do I mention them?If u know the major ethnic groups are destroying Nigeria which ur man GEJ does not have a clue of how to correct this problem,what is he doing at Abuja,is it byforce?I think u are INSANE.

well said!

Well said!!!


Whenever we have any of our self-inflicted (man-made) disasters, our spontaneous reaction is usually to ask the questions - Why? God why?

But it is all cyclic futility. Medicine after death. The inevitable consequence of recycling hazardous stuff like planes, politicians, corruption... Moribund rickety rot...

Now, if we could answer the following questions, we would be very close to the fundamental cause of the Dana plane crash.

1. Why don't we have steady and reliable electric power supply in Nigeria3. Why are our refineries not working?
2. Why is the East-West Road in the Niger Delta completely dilapidated?
3. Why are our federal roads dilapidated?
4. Why is there no functional railway system in Nigeria?
5. Why are we operating a dysfunctional and corrupt FEDERAL system of government?
6. Why do we have so many "lawmakers" and what laws are they making?

We sympathize with the families and friends of the victims.

With love and blessings.
Uwem Bishops

Akpofure Dan d major ethnci groups are destroying 9ja not gej

U are Evil to a fault. U lie in yr satanic attempt to paint GEJ black. Again the advisers to GEJ for yr information are mostly from the major ethnic groups in 9ja. GEJ unknowningly trusted his hopes and spirations for the country on their shoulders. Unaware that they as usual are there for their pockets and not for him to achieve the objectives for which he contested the elections. So stop blaming Jonathan. None of his professional advisers except Azazi and Oronto Douglas hail from the SS. GEJ a de-tribalised 9ja, has not got a single Ijaw man planted anywhere to work for him. Again was Pa Rewane not murdered by Abacha while Buhari was the head of the PTF? Was he assassinated because Kudirat Abiola was a pilot with Dana airlines? The aviation business is a very complex thing. Over 99.9 percent of the aviation industry, oil sector and fuel import among other sectors of the economy are under the full control of the major tribes in 9ja-its their greed that is killing 9ja not GEJ


Corruption under GEJ has become a norm in Nigeria.Any Nigerian that wants it stopped or checked is eliminated by the state or affluent people with state connections.The late Captain Jerry Agbeyegbe voiced out the corruption in the aviation industry compromising safety standards was murdered in cold blood.Kudirat Abiola,Pa Alfred Rewaine etc were mudered for saying the thruth by the state.Air Nigeria is one of the air line operators mentioned,what has been done to put them right?:COMPROMISING acceptable standard in the aviation sector.When proactive and focused leaders are planing and executing programmes that will secure the future of their nation,ours' is bussy renaming schools and sharing bribes to secure his place come 2015.We do not need US or UK or any advanced nation to tell Nigerians we have DEALERS and not LEADERS ruling us.It is a pity that our leaders(dealers) are only intrested in corruption than finding a way foward for Nigeria.