- President Muhammadu Buhari condoled the people of Gombe state over the deaths of nine members of the Boys Brigade
- Buhari says his heart is filled with the pain that the families of the victims are facing as they buried these promising youngsters
-The president expresses shock over the reported tensions in the state capital which led to the imposition of a curfew by the local authorities
President Muhammadu Buhari has again expressed deep sorrow over the death of members of the Boys and Girls Brigade in Gombe state at their funeral on Saturday, April 27.
Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday night, said Buhari made his feelings known in a message to the families and friends of the victims at their funeral, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Nine of the youths being buried were killed following a dispute between members of the brigade and a security operative while on a procession to mark Easter.
Buhari said that his heart was filled with the pain that the families of the victims were facing as they buried these promising youngsters.
He, however, urged them to be consoled by the fact the “entire nation is with you as experience this sad, indescribable loss.
”May the Almighty God comfort you at this difficult time”.
The presidential aide also quoted the president as expressing shock over the reported tensions in the state capital which had led to the imposition of a curfew by the local authorities.
Buhari, therefore, directed ”security agencies in the state to ensure that vigilance is maintained”.
Meanwhile, the Gombe state government has imposed a curfew on the Gombe metropolis, effective from Saturday, April 27, to 6:00 am on Sunday, April 28.
The directive was given in a statement signed by the acting secretary to the state government, James Pisagih in Gombe.
The acting SSG stated that the situation would be reviewed after restoration of normalcy.
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