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How professionalism of NAF pilot and crew averted air crash during violent air turbulence on trip back to Nigeria – Aisha Buhari

Wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, says that the professionalism of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) pilot and crew averted the aircraft in which he was travelling back to Nigeria from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) when their flight “encountered a violent clear air turbulence.”

In a statement she personally signed, the First Lady said that by the adherence to safety operations, the pilot and crew of the NAF, who manage the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF), showed the gallantry and the dedication to duty and the quality of maintenance of its Fleet.”

Hajia Buhari, who was on her way back after a medical treatment abroad, tasked Nigerian healthcare providers to take the advantage of the Federal Government’s initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines for the operation of NGN100 Billion Credit Support for the Healthcare Sector in order to help build and expand the capacity of the nation’s health sector and ultimately reduce medical trips and tourism outside the Country.

Aisha Buhari also thanked “all Nigerians for their prayers and well wishes while I was away for medical treatment in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE). I am well now and fully recovered and have since returned back home, Nigeria.

“On our way back, the Nigerian Air force Flight encountered a violent clear air turbulence which was navigated safely and professionally by the Captain and crew of the Flight.

“I want to commend and appreciate the courage and professionalism of the Captain and his crew, the wonderful gallant service men and women of the entire Nigerian Air force for their dedication to duty and the quality of maintenance of its Fleet.

“I recall hosting the private healthcare Providers earlier in the year and we had a very productive engagement where the issue of building the capacity of Nigeria health sector was the major focus, and funding was discovered to be the major challenge.

“I therefore call on the healthcare providers to take the advantage of the Federal Government’s initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines for the operation of NGN100 Billion Credit Support for the Healthcare Sector as was released recently contained in a circular dated March 25, 2020 to the Commercial Banks. This will no doubt help in building and expanding the capacity of the Nigerian health sector and ultimately reduce medical trips and tourism outside the Country.

“Once again, I thank our frontline workers and all Nigerians for their steadfastness as we navigate the challenges facing the entire world.”

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