- The Onitsha fire incident continues to draw sympathy from prominent Nigerians
- Governors of Benue and Delta states have sympathized with the victims of the unfortunate incident
- Former deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, also sent his heartfelt condolences
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has commiserated with his Anambra counterpart, Mr. Willie Obiano and Onitsha residents over the tragic fire incident that affected the commercial city on Wednesday, October 16.
Okowa's spokesman, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, quoted the governor as saying that the images of the fire incident were heartbreaking.
He extended his sympathy to people affected but frowned at some people who stoned fire-fighters from Asaba who came to rescue the situation.
“The unfortunate incident of yesterday calls for concerted efforts towards proper and prompt disaster management,” he said.
On his part, Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom described the incident as devastating and unfortunate.
According to him, there is a need for urgent steps taken to stem the spate of fire disasters in parts of the country.
The Benue governor prayed God to grant those who died in the incident eternal rest and their families the strength to bear the loss.
Similarly, former deputy president of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed heartfelt commiserations to the victims of the fire disaster at Ochanja Market, Onitsha, Wednesday.
Ekweremadu described the incident as a sad loss, not only to the government and good people of Anambra state but to the southeast and the nation as a whole.
The lawmaker urged support and prayers for the casualties and prayed to God to grant peaceful repose to the souls of the deceased.
Earlier, a former federal lawmaker, Senator Andy Uba commiserated with the people of Anambra state over the unfortunate incident.
In a press statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, October 17, Senator Uba described the fire explosion as unfortunate, coming at a time when the people are faced with harsh economic realities.
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