President Buhari has reacted to the fire incident that happened at Ochanja Market in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The fire was sparked after a tanker fell and spilt its content. This led to the loss of goods and properties in the market.
The incident was confirmed by the State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed.
A statement issued by President Buhari Media Aide, Garba Shehu quoted the president as saying: “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.”
The President explained that “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.”
Buhari added, “safety precautions and routine maintenance are taken for granted by vehicle owners.”
“I call 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