Lagos school building collapse: *It’s a sad day – Buhari, I’m heart-broken – Atiku

By Editor on 13/03/2019

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President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, have joined millions of Nigerians in bewailing the collapse of a Lagos school building, which led to the death of scores of pupils and their teachers in the early hours of Wednesday.

Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said he was “extremely saddened” by the incident which occurred at Itafaaji area of Lagos, “which left fatalities, particularly of small children.”

The President, was reported to have sympathised with the parents and relations of the deceased, wishing them God's comfort, while also wishing the injured speedy and complete recovery.

Buhari, who also commiserated with the government and people of Lagos State, pledged assistance of the Federal Government as may be required by the state.

"It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender. May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succour," the President was quoted as saying, adding that the Lagos State government should do all that was needful, so that such tragic developments did not recur in future. 

On his part, Atiku, who was presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 election and Buhari’s major opponent, said he was “saddened by the tragic loss of lives” arising from the incident.

The former VP’s sentiments, were conveyed in a statement by his spokesman, Paul Ibe, saying: “As a parent, Atiku Abubakar, feels the pains and loss of having to bid your children farewell in the morning and not being able to welcome them into your warm embrace again.

“Atiku Abubakar on behalf of his family expresses his deepest condolences to the families and friends of those affected by this tragedy. He prays for comfort and strength for the affected families as they mourn the loss of their priceless jewels.

“Atiku Abubakar says that no resources should be spared in rescuing those children who may still be trapped and in treating the injured.”

Calling for investigation into what might have led to the collapse of the building and for appropriate sanctions to be meted out to stem the incessant collapse of buildings in the country, he also called on the relevant agencies to undertake stress tests of buildings to ensure that the structures are not compromised.

“And more importantly, the former Vice President notes that preemptive actions need to be taken by regulatory agencies of government in ensuring that buildings that do not meet building standards are not allowed to be built with its attendant risks to lives and property,” the statement, said.




Posted on March, 13 2019

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