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Saraki Mourns Anambra Gas Explosion Victims; Condoles Lamido, Emefiele Over Mothers’ Demise ‎


ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Saturday expressed grief over the deaths and injuries recorded as a result of gas explosion in Nnewi, Anambra State on Christmas eve.
Saraki, in an emailed statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja commiserated with the families that lost loved ones in the inferno, and wished those that were hospitalised quick recovery.
“I am especially saddened that so many innocent Nigerians died and others were injured in circumstances beyond their control on a day they were putting finishing touches to preparations to celebrate the Yuletide. It is most unacceptable that whole families and destinies were wasted in this horrible manner due to avoidable circumstances.
“Clearly, this unfortunate incident could have been avoided, if necessary preventive measures were put in place, and safety rules applicable to such highly combustible operations were faithfully observed,” Saraki stated.
The Senate President called on the police and the Anambra State Government to thoroughly investigate both the remote and immediate causes of the incident so as to prevent future occurrence.
He also urged the relevant departments in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to strengthen their safety awareness campaign, monitoring exercise and enforcement of regulations across the country to safeguard lives and property.
In a related development, Saraki has commiserated with the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Mustapha, over the death of his mother, Hajiya Adda Gombeji, at the age of 87.
Saraki also expressed sadness over the death of the mother of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Madam Alice Emefiele, who was aged 94.
The Senate President’s condolence messages were contained in a statement issued by Olaniyonu.
He specifically lauded the two late matriarchs for the exemplary life they led, especially their contributions to the success of their children.
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He pointed out that both Lamido’s and Emefiele’s mothers passed on at a time their invaluable advice were needed by their two illustrious children to advance their services to the country and to humanity.
He also urged the families of the deceased to take solace in the worthy lives lived by their late mothers.
Saraki, however, prayed God to grant the souls of the departed sweet repose, and the families, particularly the Lamido and the CBN Governor, the fortitude to bear the painful loss.

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