- President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the passing of the victims of the Kogi explosion
- No fewer than 23 persons lost their lives on Wednesday, September 23, in a tanker explosion
- The president commiserated with families of the victims and the Kogi state government
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of 23 persons who lost their lives on Wednesday, September 23, in a tanker explosion.
Legit.ng gathered that Buhari in reaction to the deaths confirmed by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) stated that the incident represents another disturbing and saddening development in the litany of tragedies that have befallen the country.
The disclosure was made in a statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity.
Buhari went on to note that he was worried about the frequency of the unfortunate tragedies in that cause needless deaths in Nigeria.
He said: "I am seriously worried about the frequency of these unfortunate and large scale tragedies in the country which cause needless deaths."
"These frequent incidents that result in loss of lives and property are a national scandal caused by our indifference to safety standards."
Ours is a country where we move on whenever tragedies occur instead of taking preventive safety measures to forestall future calamities."
President Buhari stressed that many accidents are preventable if proper precautionary measures are put in place or properly observed as routine policies."
While condoling the Kogi state government and the families of the victims, President Buhari called on the necessary authorities to sit up and enforce safety standards with more seriousness.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a petrol tanker explosion that erupted in Felele, along the Lokoja-Abuja road in Kogi on Wednesday, September 23, claimed the lives of many persons including students of the Kogi State Polytechnic (KSP).
Eyewitnesses revealed to journalists that the fuel tanker collided with another vehicle in motion and thus caused an instant explosion.
The tragedy got worse when other oncoming vehicles drove into the huge flames and resulted in the destruction of not less than 10 cars.
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