Yoruba World Congress mourns first female combat pilot
President of the Yoruba World Congress, Prof. Banji Akintoye, has expressed sadness over the death,of the country’s first female combat pilot, Flight Officer Tolulope Arotile.
Akintoye in a statement issued said the loss is irreparable and the grief unbearable
The President of Yoruba World Congress While mourning the death Tolulope Arotile called for a thorough and transparent investigation of the accident.
He said,”This is so that we who are Tolulope’s people may have some peace in knowing what really happened, and also that useful lessons can be learnt that can help prevent a recurrence of such monumental waste of human and material resources.
“So much resources were expended on the training of such a highly talented Tolulope to make her the very first woman combat pilot and a high-calibre military personnel in Nigeria.
” So much hopes were pinned on her by family, friends, loved ones, and country.
“According to the statement by the Air Force authorities, the first female combat had contributed so much to the military efforts towards making Nigeria safe and great in her short life span and military service that losing her at this point is simply unimaginable.
“Accidents do happen but getting to the roots of the circumstances of such accidents and putting measures in place to prevent a recurrence will serve the interests of all.
“As her people, we commiserate with her immediate family, friends and loved ones, praying and believing God to comfort and strengthen them all in these trying moments.
“We pray that Tolulope’s soul may rest in peace.”
“And may we never suffer this kind of loss again”, the statement concluded.
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday, expressed shock over the death of Nigerian Airforce pilot, Tolulope Arotile but called for a coroner inquest into her death.
In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere said it was not satisfied with the explanation given for the cause of her death.
The statement reads: “Nigeria the demented chicken sucked one of its finest eggs yet again with the killing of flying officer Tolulope Arotile on the road in Kaduna on Tuesday.
A statement by the Nigerian Air Force told some truth that she died but spewed some untruth in saying that:
‘it is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who died today, 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.’