Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, has decried the deteriorating level of insecurity across the county, saying recent crash of the Nigerian Air Force MI-171 helicopter which claimed some soldiers’ lives was unfortunate.
Obi said the incident saddened him, lamented the embarrassment it has continued to cause the nation.
He suggested that a full-scale investigation should be carried out to unravel the cause of the crash to prevent future occurrences.
In a statement on his social media platforms on Thursday, Obi while commiserating with the Nigerian Air Force over the painful incident urged them and other security agencies not to be dispirited over the challenges.
He empathized with the family of the gallant soldiers who lost their lives in the incident.
“I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate crash of the Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter on a casualty evacuation mission near Chukuba Village in Niger State.
“The deplorable level of insecurity in most parts of the country has continued to embarrass and cost us precious lives and properties, with the attendant economic costs. My heart is with the families of the gallant soldiers who lost their lives in that incident.
“I also sincerely commiserate with the Nigerian Air Force over this painful incident and urge them and other security agencies not to be dispirited over the challenges but to see them as our path to achieving a safe and secure nation.
“I would also like to encourage a full-scale investigation to be carried out to unravel the cause of the crash as a way of preventing future occurrences.
“We will never give up on our nation. It is our greatest heritage in whose service all our sacrifices become noble acts,” he said.