Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said on Sunday 2nd of January 2020 that his near-death experience in a helicopter crash in 2019 strengthened his faith in God.
However, He described as “miraculous” and “amazing” the fact that none of the 12 passengers on board the chopper died or suffered any injury.
Osinbajo was speaking in Abuja at a thanksgiving service to mark the anniversary of the air accident.
The VP’s Chartered Chopper had crashed in Kabba, Kogi State, on February 2 last year during a campaign tour ahead of the 2019 general elections.
All the 12 passengers escaped unhurt.
Speaking during the service, which was held at the Aso Villa Chapel, he said, “Can you imagine a situation where you survived a helicopter crash? I think it demonstrates that God is merciful; God is awesome; He is able to do all things.“I think it just strengthened my faith and the faith of all those who were there.”
The VP attended the service in company with his wife, Dolapo, family members and some of the survivors of the crash.
“That’s why we are here this morning to just praise God.”
The Chaplain of the Chapel, Rev. Seyi Malomo, also praised God for sparing the life of the VP and the other passengers.
He noted that the accident was “a miracle for Nigeria; it is not just for his excellency alone, it is for the President. It is for every one of us.”
The chaplain told reporters after the service that the thanksgiving demonstrated that it was good to appreciate God always.
He said, “Twelve people in an aircraft, no scratch; it could only be God.”
He added, “I think that what happened on that occasion was so amazing, so miraculous. Twelve of us in a helicopter; the helicopter crashed and not one scratch on anyone of us.
“That’s just incredible. So, we can only continue to thank God and to praise the Lord Jesus Christ for an awesome deliverance of so many of us. So, we just keep thanking God.