- President Muhammadu Buhari sent condolence message to families of people killed in a boat mishap in Bauchi
- 38 people were reportedly killed on their way to their farm after their boat capsized
- Governor Bala Mohammed donated N10 million to families of the victims
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the families of the 38 victims of a boat mishap in Kirfi local council, Bauchi state.
In a condolence message by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday, October 8, Buhari described the incident “as a devastating tragedy not only for families of victims, but also for the country.”
The president, who has been informed of the tragedy, said: “I am profoundly touched by the death of these fellow Nigerians who had no idea they were embarking on their last journey.
“As the families of the unfortunate victims mourn, I extend my sympathies to them at this very difficult and trying moment, and pray that Allah comfort and give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
The president also commiserated with the government and people of Bauchi State, urging steadfastness in prayer for the souls of the departed, and their families.
According to The Nation, the tragic incident happened on Monday, October 7, when the 40 passengers where transporting themselves to their farms on the canoe. The bodies of two of the victims were recovered while two others were rescued.
Alh. Bappa Abdu Bara who is the caretaker chairman of the local council said search was still ongoing to recover the bodies of the other victims.
He said “I want to commiserate with the people of Kirfi, Bauchi State and Nigeria as a whole over the loss of our brothers on their way to their farms. They entered canoe they were 40 in number on Monday, 7th October 2019, and unfortunately, all of them were drowned only two people escape, but the remaining 38 drowned.”
“We discovered two dead bodies along Badara. We conducted searched in water ways but didn’t find the remaining corpses. We pray Almighty Allah to forgive the souls of the people who lost their lives.”
Governor Bala Mohammed commiserated with the families of the victims as he paid them a condolence visit.
He expressed shock over the incident and donated N10 million to families of the victim which he said would be properly distributed by a committee.
Meanwhile, engineers of the Nigerian Army have begun reconstruction works on a collapsed bridge in Bauchi which led to the death of four students of the Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University, (ATBU) in Bauchi.
According to Andee Iheme, the spokesman of ATBU, on Friday, October 4, the military's move is in keeping with its initial promise of constructing a high-profile bridge that will connect major areas in the state.
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