Onitsha Fire: Buhari Urges Transport Ministry, FRSC, Others to Address Safety Standards in Nigeria

By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday, sympathized with victims of the Onitsha fire incident which claimed about 15 lives on Wednesday.

In a message on his official Twitter handle @MBuhari, the President noted that, “The fire incident in Onitsha yesterday is sad and regrettable.

“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 extend my sympathies to all the victims of the explosion, whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed”, he said.

The President however called for urgent action on the part of those concerned, to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads, adding that safety precautions and routine maintenance, often taken for granted by vehicle owners, must be enforced.

“I call on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in Nigeria, with a view to stemming the frequency of these tragedies.

“May the souls of the dead rest in peace Amen”, he ended.

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