President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday sent his condolences to the Government and people of Ethiopia over the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner which claimed the lives of killing 149 passengers and eight crew members.
The plane, which was bound for Nairobi, Kenya, went down in the early hours of Sunday.
Buhari expressed shock at his base in Daura, Katsina state saying the number of casualties is worrying.
The president also sent condolences to the leaders and people of all the countries whose nationals were involved in the accident.
This was issued in a statement released via his spokesman, Garba Shehu which reads, “On behalf of the government and the people of Nigeria, the President extends his sincere condolences to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, the people of Ethiopia, Kenya, Canada, China and all other nations who lost citizens in the air disaster.
“The President also commiserates with the families of the victims and prays God Almighty to grant the gentle souls of the departed eternal rest.”
He added, “Such large scale loss of human lives in a single incident is shocking beyond words.
“I am profoundly touched by this devastating report of air accident involving one of the world’s most successful and efficient Airlines.
“Given its remarkable safety record, this couldn’t have come at a worse time for Ethiopian Airlines.”
The President further praised the airline, saying, “Like every other African leader, I am proud of the fact that Ethiopian Airlines represents one of Africa’s success stories.”