President Buhari mourns mother and child killed in Onitsha tanker explosion, calls for quick action to stop such disasters

President Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of a mother and her child as a result of an oil tanker accident in Onitsha, in Anambra State.

Reacting to the incident, President Buhari in a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu, sympathised with the victims of the tragedy.

“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.

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. Safety precautions and routine maintenance are taken for granted by vehicle owners.”

“I call 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”, the statement read

A fully loaded petrol tanker exploded close to Ochancha market in Onitsha, Anambra state yesterday Wednesday October 17th.

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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