Saturday, 26 December 2015

Buhari mourns Nnewi gas victims


President Muham­madu Buhari has expressed deep regret over the loss of lives following Thursday’s gas explosion at an industrial complex in Nnewi, Anambra.

A statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the president was greatly shaken and shocked by such large-scale loss of human lives in a single industrial accident.

According to the state­ment, Buhari sympathised with the families of the vic­tims “who were looking forward to a joyous Christ­mas celebration’’.

Sunnews reports that the president extended his condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the government of Anambra over what he described as “this unfortu­nate tragedy on Christmas eve’’.

“My heart and prayers go to these grieving fami­lies at this difficult and painful moment,’’ the state­ment quoted the president as saying.

The statement revealed that President Buhari also commiserated with the Lamido of Adamawa, Alh­aji Barkindo Musdafa, over the death of his mother, Hajiya Adda Gombeji, who passed on at the age of 87.
“He has placed a call to condole with the Gov­ernor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, who has equally lost his own mother.

“The President person­ally made the phone calls to the Lamido of Adamawa and Emefiele to express his sympathy to the monarch and the CBN governor over the death of their mothers,’’ the statement added.

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

He prayed to 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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