President Muhammadu Buhari Monday commiserared with the families of victims of the recent explosion in Kano and expressed his condolences and that of the nation, describing the incident as sad and unfortunate.
The family members, accompanied by various community leaders resident in Sabon Gari area of Kano, including the Eze Igbo, Chief Nicholas Ibekwe, were assembled at the palace of the Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, for the meeting with the president.
President Buhari, according to a release issued by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, was in Kano to officiate at the Nigerian Air Force Day and 58th anniversary celebration but veered off the official programme to start with a condolence visit to the emir’s palace.
In a brief address, the president said he was extremely pained by the loss of lives and injury to many due to the explosion, adding that: “My thoughts and that of the nation are with the bereaved families. I hope the injured will recover fully at the earliest possible time.”
President Buhari drew parallels between Kano and his native Daura and described the palace of the emir as his own home. He commended the traditional institution and the people of Kano for standing with him at all times.
In his speech, the emir thanked the president for the condolences and commended him for providing a fair and just leadership.
He conveyed Kano community’s appreciation for the numerous things the federal government is doing in the state and prayed for the emergence of good leaders in the coming elections.
On his part, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje announced cash support in various sums for the families of the deceased, the injured and others whose property were partly damaged or destroyed.
Culled from THISDAY