The President of Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over the death of a woman and her child who had lost their lives when they fell into the gutter at Ochanja First Gate in Onitsha, Anambra State, as they attempted to escape the incident.
Buhari spokes man Malam Garba Shehu, quoted President Buhari: “I am profoundly touched by the sight of the charred remains of an innocent mother and her child who are victims of this tragedy.”
“I also extend my sympathies to other victims of the explosion whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed in the mishap.”
He said: “while I express sadness over this tragedy, I must at the same time call for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads.”
The president stated that “safety precautions and routine maintenance are taken for granted by vehicle owners.”
“I called on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in the country, with a view to stemming the embarrassing frequency of these tragedies.”