Olusola Elijah

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed displeasure to fire incident that claimed the lives of a mother and her child in Onitsha.

All Times News had earlier reported how a mother and her child were burnt to death following a oil tanker fire in Onitsha, Anambra State capital.

President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his sadness over the deaths from the incident through a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu.

He said “I am profoundly touched by the sight of the charred remains of an innocent mother and her child who are victims of this tragedy.

“I also extend my sympathies to other victims of the explosion whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed in the mishap.”

“While I express sadness over this tragedy, I must at the same time call for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads.”

According to him, “safety precautions and routine maintenance are taken for granted by vehicle owners.”

Mr Buhari then called “on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in the country, with a view to stemming the embarrassing frequency of these tragedies.”

Also reacting to the incident, the opposition leader, Atiku Abubakar, lamented the high rates of preventable fuel tanker tragedies

He said ” We’ve had many preventable fuel tanker tragedies. I received with sadness, reports of a tanker explosion in Onitsha, Anambra State, which caused massive destruction to lives and properties in Ochanja Market area. My prayers and thoughts are with the families of the affected. -AA”