Ethiopian Airlines Chairman Resigns Amidst Controversy Surrounding Nigeria Air Launch

Ethiopian Airlines Chairman Resigns Amidst Controversy Surrounding Nigeria Air Launch

…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media. The Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines, Girma Wake, has resigned amidst a controversy surrounding the establishment of Nigeria’s national carrier, Nigeria Air.


This unexpected development has raised questions about the reasons behind his resignation.

Additionally, Lieutenant General Yilma Merdassa, who previously served on the company’s board of directors, has been appointed as the head of Ethiopia’s air force.

Girma Wake’s Resignation:

Girma Wake, a 79-year-old veteran of the African airline industry, had a long-standing association with Ethiopian Airlines, having joined the company in 1965.

He served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2011.

The details surrounding the exact reasons for his resignation remain unknown at this time.

However, his departure from the company has caused a significant stir within the industry.


Lieutenant General Yilma Merdassa’s Appointment:

Following Girma Wake’s resignation, Lieutenant General Yilma Merdassa was swiftly appointed as the head of Ethiopia’s air force.

Yilma had already served on Ethiopian Airlines’ board of directors for approximately two and a half years before assuming his new role on June 8.

His appointment suggests a potential shift in leadership and strategy for the company.

Recognition of Girma Wake’s Contributions:

In a press release, Ethiopian Airlines acknowledged the substantial contributions made by Girma Wake throughout his tenure.

The company emphasized that his efforts had played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the airline group.

Girma Wake’s departure will undoubtedly leave a significant void within the organization, and his legacy will be remembered within the company’s history.

Controversy Surrounding Nigeria Air:

Recent developments involving Nigeria Air have added further complexity to the situation.

The Interim Managing Director of Nigeria Air, Capt Dapo Olumide, confirmed that the aircraft used to unveil Nigeria’s national carrier was chartered from Ethiopian Airlines.


The aircraft was returned to Ethiopian Airlines following the unveiling on the final day of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Aviation in Nigeria have both labeled the launch of Nigeria Air as a fraud, casting doubt on its legitimacy.


The resignation of Ethiopian Airlines Chairman Girma Wake against the backdrop of the Nigeria Air controversy has created uncertainty and speculation within the airline industry.

With Lieutenant General Yilma Merdassa assuming a prominent role within the Ethiopian air force and questions raised about the authenticity of Nigeria Air, further developments are awaited to shed light on the situation.


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