Onitsha oil tanker fire: President Buhari sympathises with victims

Onitsha oil tanker fire: President Buhari sympathises with victims

Following the tragedy of the death of a mother and her child as a result of an oil tanker inferno in Onitsha area of Anambra, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the incident.

Reacting to the incident in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Wednesday; President Buhari said: “I am profoundly touched by the sight of the charred remains of an innocent mother and her child; who are victims of this tragedy.”

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The President also extended his sympathies to other victims of the explosion whose houses, shops and other property 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.”

1st News reported that the incident started when a tanker laden with petrol lost control around Toronto Hospital; and veered off the service lane.

The tanker fell from the vehicle and went up in flames after spilling its content.

Buhari decry neglect of safety precautions

The President decried the way and manner safety precautions and routine maintenance 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,” he added.

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