The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), commiserated on Friday with the government and people of Kebbi state for the loss of life after a boat carrying farmers capsized.
Buhari’s message of condolences was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, President Buhari mourns the victims of the boat accident in Kebbi state.
More than 20 farmers were feared dead on Tuesday after a boat carrying about 100 farmers capsized in the state’s Koko/Besse local government area.
The president of the area, Yahaya Bello, confirmed that the accident occurred on Tuesday night when a dilapidated boat was transporting more than 100 rice farmers to Samanaji, a riverside community in the area.
He noted that 80 of the passengers on the boat were rescued, while 10 were found dead and others still missing.
But in reaction to the tragedy, the president expressed his condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the accident and asked for more prayers for those rescued and undergoing medical examinations and treatment.
“The president commends the efforts of the rescuers who worked for days in the search for the missing people, while calling on stakeholders to pay more attention to proper regulation of boat transportation, especially in rural areas,” he added. the notice.
Similarly, All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu has expressed regret over the incident.
In a statement by Tunde Rahman on behalf of the Tinubu Media Office, the former Lagos Governor described the incident as heartbreaking and a great loss for the families of those killed and for the communities they served as farmers and traders.
The statement quoted Tinubu as saying: “I join the bereaved families and the Kebbi State government in mourning the death of the deceased. I pray to Allah Almighty to rest their souls and give their families the comfort they need at this time. I send my condolences to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the good people of Kebbi State.”