by Rachel Ogbu
The gruesome killing of four promising undergraduate students of the University of Port-Harcourt labelled ALUU4 dug up a lot of questions and debate.
It also sent mixed feelings of anger and sadness, shock and despair to many across Nigeria and even the world.
These feelings were reminiscent of the ones felt when the killings by Boko Haram first began and then there was the plane crash in Lagos that gave birth to a lot of heartbroken loved ones.
When was the senseless dying going to stop?
The deaths listed below are significant to Nigerians because each of them raised a lot of these questions that affect our survival… our security, our health system, our justice system… many questions but very little answers.
Here are 12 notable deaths of 2012 in Nigeria:
January 28 – Death toll from coördinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, reaches 185, more to follow in subsequent months following terrorists attack from Boko Haram and suicide bombings.
May 4– Rashidi Yekini, 48, Nigerian footballer.
June 3 – Dana Air plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, kills all 152 passengers and 40 people on the ground.
July 8– Gyang Dalyop Datong, 53, Nigerian politician, Member of the House of Representatives (2003–2007), Senator (since 2007), heart attack.
October 5: Kelechi Ugonna, Lloyd Toku, Chidiaka Biringa and Tekena Erikena, popularly referred to as ALUU 4
October 21: Sheila Mary Solarin (nee Tuer), 88, the widow of Dr. Tai Solarin.
November 11– Lam Adesina, 73, Nigerian politician, Governor of Oyo State (1999–2003).
November 14– Abubakar Olusola Saraki, 79, Nigerian politician.
November 15– Veteran Actor, Peter Eneh
December 5– Veteran Nollywood actor, Enebeli Elebuwa
December 15– Owoye Andrew Azazi, 60, Nigerian general, National Security Adviser (2010–2012), helicopter crash.
Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, 64, Nigerian politician, Governor of Kaduna State (since 2010), helicopter crash.