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, yesterday, 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
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
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.