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President Buhari visits injured NAF pilots in hospital

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President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday evening visited the two Nigerian Air Force fighter jet pilots, involved in a crash last week at the Defence Intelligence Agency hospital in Abuja.

Femi Adesina, the Presidents spokesman said, “By about 5.30 p.m, the president turned up at the hospital, to pay a morale boosting visit to the injured officers.”

He added that Buhari “rejoiced with Squadron Leader Batuba, and Flight Lieutenant Andy, giving glory to God for sparing their lives.

“He also commiserated with them on the loss of their colleague, Squadron Leader M. Baba Ari. He prayed that God would give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss.

“Chief of Medical Services at the hospital, Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi, assured President Buhari that the medical condition of the officers was improving steadily, and that they were being kept for further rest and counseling, as part of the rehabilitation process,” Adesina said.

He said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall, Sadique Abubakar, who received the president at the hospital, explained that the three pilots who were training for the airshow on Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary, ejected successfully from their jets after the collision but the helmet of Baba Ari the pilot who died, flew open and he suffered a fatal head injuries.