The pilot, whose aircraft was shot down by bandits, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, left a message online before the plane crash on Sunday, July 18, 2021.
Dairo was targeted after his aircraft drifted into enemy territory. The bandits in that region of Zamfara state shot down the aircraft.
It was gathered that some residents of the community came to his aid and hid him from enemies after he parachuted into a forest.
He was eventually taken to Abuja, where he was welcomed by Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.
One month before that incident, Dairo posted a “thank you note” on his Instagram page.
“Thank you for your prayers, thank you for your love. Stay good peeps,” he posted.
Dairo coincidentally in the post had mourned his colleague Flight Lieutenant Taiwo Asaniyi, who flew the aircraft that crashed in Kaduna, leading to the death of Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru, former Chief of Army Staff and other military officers.
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The pilot in a post on Facebook described Asaniyi as a loyal colleague.
“I have lost colleagues and very close buddies and best friends, I had gotten used to the agonies and pains of losing loved ones but this one caught me off-guard.”
“My dearest brother, you might have been my subordinate but the wisdom you possessed was way above your age. You were loyal to everyone around you; and to your nation and calling.
“You were one of the best ever! You made me so proud in all aspects of your life; and there was nothing I could have done better than the way you lived and stayed close to God.
“You left as a role model for generations to come; and I will forever be proud of you. You have given me a reason to LIVE on and to represent you in this fight till we win.
“You live on in my heart and memories Taiwo. May God comfort us all, most especially your beloved family. I love you brother. Adieu. May God grant you a peaceful and eternal afterlife Asaniyi Taiwo.”