President Muhammadu Buhari and the Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu have expressed grief over the recent boat accident in Kebbi State that claimed 14 passengers’ lives.
The boat conveying about 100 rice farmers to Samanaji, a riverside community, of Koko/Besse Local Government Area of Kebbi State capsized on Tuesday, leading to the death of some of the passengers.
Reacting to the accident in a statement by Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman on Friday in Abuja, Tinubu said the tragedy was heart-wrenching and a big loss to the families of the deceased persons and to the communities they served as farmers and merchants.
“I join the bereaved families and the government of Kebbi State in mourning the death of the departed persons. I pray to Almighty Allah to repose their souls and give their families the needed consolation at this time.
“I send my condolences to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the good people of Kebbi State”, he said.
Buhari also commiserates with the government and people of Kebbi State over the loss of many lives, following the capsizing of a boat conveying farmers.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,
Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari also condoled with families who lost loved ones in the accident, urging more prayers for the rescued persons that are still undergoing medical examinations and treatment.
The President commended the efforts of rescue workers who worked for days, searching for the missing persons, while calling on stakeholders to pay more attention to proper regulation of transportation by boats, especially in rural areas.
President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God will receive the souls of the departed.