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Kwara LP gov candidate demands national honour for NAF crash victim

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By Victor Ahiuma-Young

Labour Party, LP, governorship candidate for 2019 election in Kwara State, Issa Aremu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to accord posthumous honour to Squadron Leader Bello Baba-Ari who died last Friday following the collision of two Air Force jets.

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The jets suffered a midair collision at the Katampe area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, which claimed the life of one of the pilots, Squadron Leader Bello Baba-Ari, while two co-pilots were injured.

The aircraft were said to be taking part in the rehearsals for the 58th Independent Day celebration when the incident occurred.

Speaking at the LP 58th anniversary activities in Ilorin yesterday, Aremu said the late pilot and injured ones symbolised patriotism worthy of emulation by all Nigerians.

While insisting that there was the need to celebrate nationhood with high spirit as the Air Force men did, he faulted some governors who stepped down celebration of Independence Day “even as they indulged in marking their birthdays and weddings of their children with fanfare with scarce state’s resources.”

Aremu said it is time leaders with appreciation of the nation’s sense of history were elected to office.

His words: “For well over a century, from the occupation of Lagos in 1861 to 1960, via brute force and cunning, the British colonialists subdued different regions of the present day Nigeria for imperial domination and exploitation.

“Liberation and independence certainly calls for annual celebration.”

He promised to revive the old traditions of celebration of important landmark dates in nation building in Kwara State.

Aremu noted that Kwara State needs “second liberation and independence” from “internal colonialists and oppressors,” and called for a coalition of progressive forces, adding that 2019 offered opportunities for a new qualitative change in Kwara State.

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