The loss of friends and loved ones is never easy to bear. It is one of the most difficult things to experience especially because there’s a deep void that can never be filled. They say time heals all wounds, but there are some wounds that even the passing of time can not really heal. At best, what we feel is a numbing of the hurt as we struggle to move on without that person who meant so much to us. With every milestone of the passing, something nudges that sore spot and it comes again, that indescribable pain that we felt when we first realized that that person was no longer in this realm.
On Sunday, June 3, 2012, a Dana Air 9J-922 plane from Abuja crashed in Iju Ishaga on the outskirts of Lagos. The crash resulted in the loss of over a hundred and fifty lives. These lives lost were not just part of statistical data, they were our family members, our friends, and people we loved so dearly. As the anguish rose in our hearts and the pain threatened to tear us we thought of the unfairness of it all. Why us? Why now? Why this?
With every day that passed, we struggled to live each day seeking strength and solace from divinity because it seemed like there was a storm threatening to break loose within us. So with every dusk, we looked forward to a new dawn, for it seemed like the only way to get through.
Three hundred and Sixty-Five days after, the questions still confound us but we trudge on, in faith and love and the blessed memories our beautiful loved ones left behind.
So as we remember the victims of the Dana Air plane crash one year ago, we are grateful for the time we were given to spend with them. We are hopeful for a better tomorrow. We derive strength from within to live on and we know that the light of the lives of the dearly departed shines on brightly.
Rest in peace. Rest in peace.
We remember, with all the love in our hearts, everyone aboard the aircraft as well as the lives that were lost on the ground. This piece is dedicated to the loving memory of all the victims of the ill-fated Dana Airlines flight from Abuja to Lagos on June 3, 2012.
Rev. Ayodeji Cole;
Oluwasegun Funmi Abiodun;
Shehu Saad Usman;
Akowe Fatokun Anjola;
Amina Idris Bugaje;
Phillip Chukwu -Ebuka;
Lt. Col. Jumbo Ochigbo;
Peter Nosike; Anthony Nwaokoagbara;
David Kolawole Fortune;
Eyinoluwa David Kolawole;
Patience Sunday Udoh;
Asuquo Ini Obong;
Major I.G Muhammad;
Olukoya Banji Saka Otaru;
Mahendra Singh Rathore;
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