President Muhammadu Buhari has described the fuel tanker fire which led to the death of no fewer than nine people and burn to ashes of many vehicles in Lagos today, Thursday evening as one of the greatest tragedies witnessed in the country in recent times. This was even as the Lagos State Government commiserated with families of the victims of the tanker explosion.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said that the President expressed shock and sorrow over the fire incidence.
Buhari was quoted as saying that he is saddened by the tragic loss of lives, tens of vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire, even as he expressed his condolences to the government and people of Lagos State on the tragedy.
“Sadly, this seems to be one of the greatest tragedies we have seen in recent times.”
The President urged the emergency services and law enforcement officials to do their best to limit the losses and damage from the incident.
He said that the priority now should be how to save those people who could still be in danger.
Also, a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, described the incident as a sad development, most unfortunate and regrettable.
“On behalf of the Lagos State Government, we extend our deepest commiseration to the families of persons who lost their lives as well as properties to the incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of pain and grief.
“As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property of all residents.”
Bamigbetan said that Governor Ambode had directed all relevant agencies to move into the area to normalise the apprehension that had taken over the area and to also ensure that those in need are adequately taken care of.
The governor assured that clearing of the highway of damaged vehicles to establish normal traffic flow would continue throughout the night until the objective is achieved.
He called for the co-operation of all citizens with the officials of the agencies to restore the situation to normalcy.
He also urged motorists to continue to adhere to the safety standard and the State Traffic Laws so as to prevent a reoccurrence of such incidents.
The incident, which occurred at about 5pm today, Thursday, led to the loss of lives and many vehicles burnt.