Following an inferno at Upper Iweka area of Onitsha, Anambra State that left a woman and her baby dead and over 40 buildings razed, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolence.
The inferno which took place on Wednesday night was said to have destroyed over 500 lock-up shops along the Iweka street market leading to Ochanja and Menax markets.
Reacting, the president described the fire incident as sad and regrettable while he extended his sympathies to all the victims of the unfortunate incident.
Read full statement below
The fire incident in Onitsha is said 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. I am calling for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads. 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.