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10 Years Later, the World Pays Tribute to the Dearly Departed of 9/11



10 years ago, the world stood still in shock, fear and overwhelming sadness as the United States of America was attacked by terrorists.

On that morning (September 11 2001), 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers crashed the third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to take control before it could reach the hijacker’s intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks.
Source: Wikipedia

The 9/11 attacks affected not just Americans but the whole world. Today, we remember all the people who passed and pray for those they left behind. People from numerous countries died in the 9/11 attack including Nigerians.

I will share a personal story, a close friend, a fellow Nigerian’s husband worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, a global financial services firm which had its headquarters on the 101st-105th floors of One World Trade Center. As with many firms which trade bonds on various international markets, many employees arrive work early to trade on the international markets.

On the 11th of September 2001, because she had convinced him to go for a party with her the night before, he decided to leave for work later than usual. As he was getting ready at home, they felt their apartment building which was a few blocks from the World Trade Centre shake and they began smelling smoke. When the plane hit, every single one of the 658 employees who were in the office at Cantor Fitzgerald that morning died.

While we thank God for the twist of fate that made him late for work that day, thousands of others died due to the wickedness of a few.

It has become “everyday news” in Nigeria to hear of terrorist attacks in our country. Just this morning, we heard the tragic news of 14 innocent people who were murdered in their sleep yesterday at Vwang Fwil Village in Jos South Local Government Area of the Plateau State. This comes on the heels of the terrorist attack on the United Nations building in Abuja and many more recent attacks.

We must all work together to stamp out this scourge from our society so do not face the tragedy of our own 9/11.

We sincerely pray for all who died in 9/11 and hope that their families have the fortitude to stay strong after this tragedy.


  1. OK

    September 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    about this same time 10 years ago….Jos crises…started..for the first time…
    God Save Jos.

  2. Lala

    September 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Who wrote this piece?

    • partyrider

      September 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm

  3. robbyd

    September 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    God help the families that lost lives and God help us Nigerians as well from the hands of Boko haram…we need peace and progress in nigeria and that’s ll i pray for…

  4. Gloria

    September 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Sad indeed

  5. Demmy

    September 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Vey sad, I mean why would anyone want to kill innocentnpeople. The devil is def working in their minds.

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  7. undecided/decided

    September 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Lord pls help and protect us..

    • ao

      September 12, 2011 at 2:18 am



    September 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks for your comment. We have discussed the jos crisis, the UN bombing and other tragic events in Nigeria.

    Last year, we had a personal account from someone who lost their sibling in the Sosoliso crash.

    We can never forget our country and will continue to work tirelessly to move our country forward. That said, it is important to open our eyes to what is going on in the world.

    • Hero

      September 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      What Nigeria my country need’s right nw, is a one year fasting and prayer, individually.

    • o

      September 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      This statement made me laugh so hard. u seem overwhelmed by the situation. I know. Me too. I throw my hands in the air and wish for the impossible sometimes.

  9. Bandele

    September 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    While praying fervently to God to protect us from all forms of terrorism, let us never forget to pray against the terrorism of corruption and incompetence of security agencies!

  10. Stelzz

    September 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    The world changed after that day and I can never forget. We must stamp out terrorism as it has also started eating into the faucets of our society. God help us all


    September 12, 2011 at 8:06 am


  12. twamz

    September 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

    in as much as we remembeer the 9/11 attack, lets remember our country and the evil going on and remember to pray.

  13. chat

    September 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    RIP the 3000 people who died in America, RIP the 48,689 afghas , RIP the 1,325,821 innocent souls who died in Irag for the interest of one person.RIP the American soldiers who died either in irag, afgahnistan or anywhere else. THANX

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