President Muhammadu Buhari says the death of 23 people in Lokoja represents another saddening incident in the litany of tragedies that have befallen the country.
The President is reacting to a petroleum tanker explosion in the Kogi State Capital, on Wednesday, (today) which claimed the lives 23 people including children.
In a statement, he expressed worry about the frequency of large scale tragedies, which he described as a national scandal, “caused by people’s indifference to safety standards.’
He said many accidents were preventable if proper proactive and precautionary measures are put in place or properly observed as routine policies.
He called on the county’s transport authorities, traffic and road management agencies, as well as law enforcement officials to sit up and enforce safety standards with more seriousness, warning that refusal to do the right thing can cause potential tragic problems.
He condoled with the Kogi State Government and the families of the victims of the tragedy.
Accident on busy road
At least 25 people were killed after a petrol tanker exploded on a busy road in Kogi state.
The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday around Felele area of Lokoja metropolis.