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How Nigerians Reacted To Death Of Pius Adesanmi In Ethiopian Airlines Crash

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The death of a prominent Nigerian Professor, Pius Adesanmi, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash of Sunday, has continued to elicit grief in many Nigerians.

The columnist was among the 157 passengers and crew members killed in the crash on Sunday morning, which occurred shortly after the plane left Addis Ababa for Nairobi in Kenya.

The Nigerian-born Canadian, who before his death worked at the Institute of African Studies in Carleton University of Canada, was a columnist at PREMIUM TIMES as well as other Nigerian media outfits.

Another Nigerian, Abiodun Bashua, was also a victim of the disaster.

Before his demise, Mr Bashua was a UN expert who had extensive experience in several United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa.

This paper reported how the airline management released the flight manifest showing the countries of origin of the 149 passengers on board, which included a Nigerian, 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese, eight Americans, seven Britons, seven French citizens, one Egyptian, five Dutch citizens, and four each from India and Slovakia.


On Sunday evening, public figures and many other personalities paid tributes to the late Professor.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, condoled with the families of the two Nigerians.

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic party’s candidate in the 2019 Presidential election, said Mr Adesanmi will be remembered for how he brought scholarship to progressive advocacy.

“His numerous followers on the social media will miss his insightful contribution towards a better Nigeria. I pray his soul will forever Rest In Peace.”

The Special Assistant to the Vice-President on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, on Sunday evening mourned the demise of the scholar.

“We mourn, with his family & 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,p,” he tweeted.

Former presidential candidate, Remi Sonaiya, in a tweet also sent a condolence message to the families of the deceased. She wrote: “Just to come here and express condolences to the families of the victims of the #EthiopianAirlineCrash – not expecting to know anyone on it. Only to be confronted with the news that Prof. #PiusAdesanmi was on that flight!!! Pius, dear God! How so painful. #NigeriaMourns”

Dele Momodu, a publisher, also expressed his shock. He wrote: “My very dear friend PROFESSOR PIUS ADESANMI was in the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane… My God, why Pius, that prodigiously brilliant gentleman!!! Rest in Peace, a great son of Africa…”

Ahmed Salkida, a Nigerian investigative journalist tweeted: “#PiusAdesanmi, a brilliant scholar and an open-minded person. Your memory will always remind me to be a better person and to seek nothing short of good governance in #Nigeria.”

Another Nigerian, Ajibola Dolapo, tweeted: “Yours was one of the tweets I look forward to reading everyday. Full of life and wisdom. You inspired the world with your brilliance and intelligence. I didn’t get to meet you in person but we had a few memorable engagements here. #PIUS #PIUSADESANMI”

Tunji Lardner stated that “Africa has lost a star. Shining with iridescent brilliance across many disciplines. Warm, compassionate & generous, giving of his mind, time & spirit. Nigeria has lost a TRUTH SAYER constantly aligning our broken moral compass. We have lost a friend & our muse. RIP”

Elizabeth Okunola: "Nigerians, do not despair, Prof. Pius isn’t dead because his impact will live on and we will never forget him.

Let’s use this time to pray for his loved ones and celebrate the fact that he was here. #PiusAdesanmi

@WhaleHarry wrote: "So it’s confirmed a sad day for Education in Nigeria and a sad day for Nigerian all around the globe we lost a voice RIP #PiusAdesanmi You will be forever remain in our heart."



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Rest in peace

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Rest in peace,God knows the best

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May their soul rest in peace, may God help us.

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Am so sad now, rest in peace

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Is a pity bro

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Is a pity Bros

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Rest in peace man

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may their gentle soul rest in perfect peace

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Your biography will never die. Rip

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God thank you for my life am not worthy.

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It has really been God all the way in my life and that of my family.

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it is a very sad news again, rest in peace

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