Two Nigerians have been confirmed to be onboard the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on Sunday moments after taking off.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, on its way to Nairobi, Kenya was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, when it lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes after taking off. It crashed near Bishoftu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital.

Pius Adesanmi, Nigeria-born Canadian professor and Abiodun Bashua, a retired foreign service officer, were the two Nigerian who lost their lives alongside all other passengers.

Adesanmi flew on a Canadian passport. He posed with the passport in the last picture he posted on Facebook on Saturday morning.

His last message on Facebook read: “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me – Psalm 139:9-10.”

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He was to attend a meeting in the East African nation.

A native of Isanlu, in Yagba east local government area of Kogi state, Adesanmi survived an accident in Oyo state in July.

Two persons were killed in the incident.

Until his death, he was a professor of english at Carleton University, Canada.

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