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.