President Muhammadu Buhari says he is deeply saddened by the crash of the Nigerian Air Force plane in Abuja, which has claimed the lives of the seven crew members on board.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says President Buhari, on behalf of the Federal Government, extends heartfelt condolences to family members, friends and colleagues of those who died as a result of the tragedy.
It says the President joins the Nigerian Air Force, the military and other Nigerians in mourning the unfortunate loss of the dedicated and courageous personnel, who died in the line of duty.
President Buhari notes that while investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing, the safety of the Nigerian airspace remains a key priority of the government.
He prays that God will comfort the bereaved families and nation, and grant the souls of the departed peaceful rest.