Ethiopian Airline, UN, VP Osinbajo reacts to death of Pius Adesanmi and 148 passengers on crashed Ethiopian Airline


The management of the Ethiopian airline which crashed on Sunday has confirmed that Amb. Abiodun Bashua was one of Nigerian passengers on board, NAN reports.

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed Sunday morning en route Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew on board.

Bashua, a retired ambassador was on contract with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

”He was the former UN and AU Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan. A complete gentleman. May God rest his soul, ” the airline said in a message.

It also confirmed that another Nigerian, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, who used his Canadian passport was on board of the ill-fated aircraft.

“We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today,” it said.

The United Nations (UN) has expressed profound shock and dismay over the crash of Ethiopian Airlines plane on Sunday morning.

The global body stated this in a statement issued by the Communications Section of Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on behalf of Ms Vera Songwe, the executive secretary of ECA, NAN reports.

“As the UN family, we are deeply saddened by all the lives lost in this tragedy.

“We have lost numerous members of staff from UN agencies. We have also learnt of losses in other international organizations as well.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, close friends and colleagues of the victims of this crash.

“The United Nations family is mourning the loss of our colleagues and friends, many of whom lost their lives carrying out their professional duties today.

“We will be reaching out to families and offering our support,” Songwe said.

Nigeria’s Vice President has also expressed sadness over the death of Pius Adesanmi and 149 passengers and eight crew members involved the Ethiopian Airliner plane crash. Reacting, Osinbajo’s aide, Laolu Akande in a tweet described death of Adesanmi as a painful loss.

He wrote: “We mourn, with his family and associates, one of our notable public intellectuals of the day, Pius Adesanmi, award-winning writer & Canada-based professor, who reportedly passed on in today’s unfortunate Ethiopian Airlines crash. What a painful loss! May his memory be blessed.”