Former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae, yesterday, revealed that his son, Deji Falae, who until his demise in the recent Associated Airline plane crash, was the Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, had aviatophobia – the fear of flying.
The bereaved Mr. Falae said his son was often wary of travelling by air because he believed that all domestic airlines are not properly maintained.
He spoke in Akure, the Ondo State capital when the Akure Division Unity Forum, ADUF, led by the Ojomu of Akure, Chief Ayo Oluyide paid him a condolence visit on the death of his son.
“Most of the time that the late Deji travelled to either Abuja or Lagos for official assignments, he travelled by road because he did not trust Nigerian airlines”, Falae said.
“The journey he made by air which happened to be his last was because it was compulsory for him.”
The former presidential candidate under the umbrella of Alliance for Democracy, AD, in 1999, however, blamed the countries woes on selfishness on the part of the leadership of the most populous black nation on earth.
Falae noted that Nigeria is in its present state because the people are considered as priority by the leaders, who focus mainly on themselves and their family.
He also stated that his son, Deji would not have died in the crash had the greed and selfishness of the nation’s leaders not come into play.
Even in his grief, Falae urged Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs, to be selfless and work towards peace in order to prevent the looming war.