Musa Na Allah, Sokoto
Jarma Umaru Kwabo Foundation based in Sokoto has organized a special prayer in honour of the 19th Sultan of Sokoto late Alhaji Muhammad Maccido Abubakar III and other victims that died in the ill-fated ADC plane crash of 2006.
Speaking during the special prayer, Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Umaru Kwabo Jarman Sokoto said: “It was 16 years since when the ill-fated plane crashed 2 minutes after take off from Namdi Azikiwe international Airport Abuja on its way to Sokoto at Tungar Magaji a suburb of the federal capital territory”.
“The ill-fated plane consumed prominent people of the state including the legendary spiritual leader and Sultan of Sokoto late Alhaji Dr Muhammad Maccido Abubakar III”, he added.
Jarma further told the gathering that his foundation would look in to the possibility of turning the special prayer in to an annual event every 29th of October.
“The special became necessary considering the tremendous contribution of the victims to the socioeconomic and religious development in Sokoto state and country at large”, he said.
“The whole country came to knew Senator Sule Yari Gandi when it came’s to contributions on the floor of the National Assembly during his time which the whole country appreciate” said the convener of the special prayer.
Clerics during the prayer session explore the virtues of the victims during their life time, while praying to grant the souls of the victim’s eternal rest amin.
The Deputy Governor Alhaji Muhammad Mannir Daniya who represented Governor Tambuwal at the occasion thanked the organizers for their foresight.
He said the state Government would continue to support any organization or group working to develop and peace in the state at whatever level.
He said Sokoto state would continue to remember the victims for their contributions during their lifetime.
On Sunday 29th October, 2006 at exactly 11:30 am time, Aviation Development Company (ADC) Airlines Flight 53, Boeing 737 With Registration Number 5N-BEF was a scheduled passenger flight crashed at “Tungar Magaji” shortly after the plane take-off from The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, on its way to Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto.
Weather condition was said to be the primary caused of the incident, but other sources stressed that the crew pilot ignored warnings on the wind shear given by the airport control tower. The ill-fated crashed claimed the lives of 98 passengers and 5 crew members on board.
The lead headlines of the day were the demise of the Muslim’s spiritual leader in Nigeria, His Eminence, the 19th Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Dr. Muhammadu Maccido Abubakar III.
The widely renown, accepted and popular Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Maccido Abubakar III, Dr. Sanusi Usman Junaidu, the then Commissioner of Education), Sen. Badamasi Muhammadu Maccido, Senator Representing Sokoto Central Senatorial District), Late Alhaji Garba Muhammad MNI the then Deputy Governor Sokoto State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Shehu Shagari, the Most Outspoken Senator Representing Sokoto East Senatorial District, Senator Sule Yari Gandi, so, also the reknown righteous and trustworthy Sultanate Council Secretary, the Ciroman Dange Alh. Umaru Babuga Dange,and many more, May The Almighty give them a place in paradise.
There were 16th occurrences of plane crash in Nigeria’s history, first was on 20th November, 1969 and the last was on 3rd June 2012, as we remember our departed souls today, it is our fervent prayers for the reposed of their souls.