Buhari mourns Nnewi gas victims, condoles Lamido, CBN Governor over mother’s demise

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep regret over the death of tens of people in Anambra State, following an industrial gas explosion which occurred a few hours before the Christmas celebration.

In a press statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari said he was greatly shaken and shocked by such large-scale loss of human lives in a single industrial accident, which casts a gloom on the families of the victims “who were looking forward to a joyous Christmas celebration.”

The police said eight people died in the incident but reports suggest the casualty was much higher.

The President extended his condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the government of Anambra State over what he described as “this unfortunate tragedy on Christmas eve”, adding that “my heart and prayers go out to these grieving families at this difficult and painful moment.”

Meanwhile, President Buhari has also condoled the Lamido of Adamawa, Barkindo Mustapha, over the death of his mother, Adda Gombeji, who passed away at the age of 87.

He has placed a call to condole with the Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele who equally lost his own mother.

According to Mr. Shehu, the president personally made the phone calls to the Lamido of Adamawa and Mr. Emefiele to express his sympathy to the monarch and the CBN Governor over the death of their mothers.

President Buhari described a mother as “an invaluable component of family life, and the pillar and comforter of the children.”

He prayed Allah to bless the souls of the deceased, and grant the Lamido, Godwin Emefiele and other members of their families the fortitude to overcome the losses.


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  • True Nigerian

    So President Buhari actually keeps a tab (knows) on happenings in this country?
    So how and why on earth is he still remaining silent on the criminal muder spree committed by the Nigerian Army in Zaria after nearly two weeks of the incident?

    With his condolence message to Nnewi victims of the gas explosion, Buhari shows clearly that his silence on Zaria is deliberate. It’s such a shame.

    • Action Group

      Did you read his Christmas message to the nation? If you didn’t, go and read it,it will give you an insight into his position on Zaria crisis.

      • True Nigerian

        Which Christmas message are you talking about? Did you read a different Christmas message other than the one the rest of us saw here on Premium Times? Is it the same Christmas message in which he took time to talk about boko haram, national security, and praised our troops, without even mentioning the word “Zaria”? In any case, should a sensitive and weighty matter such as Zaria murder by our army be tucked away into a routine festive message; that is, assuming he even gave that subject any respect in his Christmas message?

        You don’t like Buhari more than I like him. But he is now in power and must be watched closely by all and sundry. We all supported Buhari to become the President. You guys should not destroy him the way Jonathan was destroyed by those who thought they were supporting him by denying or defending every odium that oozed out of his government. Buhari’s response to the Zaria incident beggars belief and remains a dent on his leadership. It doesn’t matter how much you try to spin it.

        In Nigeria, governments don’t fail because of those that hate it; our national experience shows that government often fails because of the blind support of those who love it. Beware!

  • NinjaK

    Very Interesting!
    So PMB now suddenly has a “heart” that can grieve for gas explosion victims but not 300 Shiite murder victims, and 9 Biafran jubilators in Onisha that were all killed by Buratai & his murderous army????!!!