The newspapers review for Monday, February 4, leads with the reactions that trailed an incident in Kogi state in which a helicopter conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and nine crew members crash landed on Saturday, February 2.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the intervention of God saved his life and that of nine others who were on-board a helicopter that crashed in Kogi state on Saturday, February 2.
The Nation newspaper for Monday, February 4, reported that Osinbajo at a thanksgiving service on Sunday, February 3, stated that no amount of thanksgiving and praises to God would be enough for averting the tragedy that could have occurred from the crash.
"Only God can take the glory for saving my life and that of the nine crew members on board. It would have been breaking news on local and international media that Vice President Osinbajo and nine crew members died in a helicopter crash, but God did not allow such to happen," Osinbajo said.
"No amount of thanksgiving and praises to God would be enough for saving my life and nine crew on board. God is the one, who can do all things, and only Him can take the glory; we return the glory to Him.
“We are here to say thank you, thank you Jesus. We bless His name forever and eve.
Still on the helicopter crash incident, The Punch for Monday, February 4, has reported that the investigators from the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) have visited the site of the helicopter crash involving the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
A spokesperson for the AIB, Tunji Oketunbi, disclosed that the agency had commenced preliminary investigation into the incident.
“Investigation is ongoing, we have deployed safety investigators to the site for onsite investigation and they have carried out the process as they are trained to do,” he said.
“We are interviewing the crew and all the relevant personnel. We will also carry out other investigations as required.
“The preliminary report will be published as soon as possible in line with Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.”
In another news report, some socio-cultural groups under the aegis of Forum of Nigerian Elders and Leaders on Sunday, February 3, endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their candidate the February 16 presidential poll.
Vanguard newspaper for Monday, February 4, reported that the groups which endorsed Atiku included Afenifere, (southwest); Northern Elders Forum, (north); Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF; Ohanaeze Ndigbo (Southeast) and the Middle Belt Forum ( MBF).
The newspaper stated that the groups endorsed the PDP’s candidate at the end of a meeting. In a communiqué at the end of the meeting, the forum acknowledged the existence of younger and highly qualified candidates, but advanced reasons for its choice of Atiku.
"The Forum, having concluded a thorough evaluation of all candidates aspiring to lead our nation through its current challenges and engineer genuine national rebirth, has decided to note that several of the younger candidates who presented themselves for the Presidential election, demonstrated great capacity and promise to lead this country creditably and ensure that it engenders proper social and economic development to its people,"the communiqué read in part.
“However most of these qualified younger candidates do not, at present, have the machinery and structures to win a Presidential election in Nigeria.
“Therefore, the forum adopts the candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Consensus Candidate for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as he has demonstrated the deep understanding of the critical need of the country at this time and possesses the capacity to proffer clear solutions in that respect."
This Day newspaper reporting on the story, noted that those in attendance at the meeting included the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof Ango Abdullahi; the leader of Pan-Niger Delta Forum, Chief Edwin Clarke; leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo; and President of Middle Belt Forum, Dr Bitrus Pogu.
The leaders urged Nigerians to vote Atiku as president in the general elections because he represents the change Nigeria requires at the moment.
They noted that Atiku possessed the credentials like capacity, ability and integrity to take the nation out of the woods.
To economic news report, The Guardian newspaper has stated that the Nigerian stock market lost over N3.43 trillion in nine months of persistent decline due to the uncertainty brought about by alleged political intrigues ahead of the 2019 elections.
The newspaper stated that contrary to the general expectations of positive earnings in 2018, many blue-chip companies quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) have experienced unprecedented losses.
Analyst blamed the losses on perceived risk associated with the coming 2019 general elections, making mostly foreign investors to embark on a massive selloff and consequently exit the market.
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