The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao as the Chief of Air Staff over prevalent Military plane crashes in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari in January appointed Isiaka Amao alongside late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash last week Friday.
The NYCN in a statement signed by Solomon Adodo, the NYCN president, asked President Buhari to sack the Chief of Air Staff as the safety of Nigerian Airplanes including the Air Force 1 used by the President is not safe in his hands.
The statement reads: “We are worried that in the spate of three months, we have had three different military planes crashing.
Over 20 military officers have lost their lives in 3 crashes across the country.
This is unacceptable to the youth“Recall that on February 21, 2021, a Minna-bound military jet crashed, killing all 7 onboard. In less than 6 weeks, particularly on April 2, 2021, another Alpha Light Attack Jet went missing in the air and later reported crashed.
And in another 7 weeks, May 21, 2021, yet another crash of a military aircraft, this time killing the Chief of Army Staff and other senior officers.“As it stands, no one can vouch for the integrity of all planes managed by the Nigeria Air Force including Air Force 1 which transports President Muhammadu Buhari.
It is high time we begin to hold people in authority accountable for their stewardship.
This is why the NYCN believes the current Chief of Air Staff should be relieved and a more competent person who can guarantee the integrity of our Air Force assets be appointed.
“No military anywhere in the world can pretend that it is okay to record plane crashes on bi-monthly bases.
And no country or a people can accept that. We, therefore, demand grounding of all military planes pending the outcome of the investigation which will ascertain the airworthiness of the military air fleet.
Also, we demand that the result of earlier military plane crashes investigations to be published and a military Committee of Enquiry empaneled to investigate the incessant crashes.
“The frequency of the crashes and the damage it has done within the spate of three months leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
The Chief of Air Staff is obviously failing to deliver on the job.
Thus, we call for his immediate sack.”
By IBEUGWU, ANTHONY CHIDIMMA