President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a sympathetic message to the victims who lost their loved ones and properties in Onitsha fire outbreak on Wednesday.
The President reacted that the tragedy was so sad and painful.
The statement reads – “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.
“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”, Buhari stated.
He also ordered the ministry of transport, federal road safety as well as other agency to take further pro-active and urgent action by providing safety standards on roads across the country in order to prevent frequent accidents.
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”, President Buhari said.