Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has described as sad and heartbreaking the explosions of the tanker that claimed the lives of people at Lokoja – Abuja Road, Kogi State and the Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos.
In a statement from his Media Office, Obi lamented that barely a few hours after a tanker explosion claimed no fewer than 28 lives in Kogi State, another gas tanker explosion occurred in Lagos, leaving behind destruction and deaths. He said the news of such tragedies were very worrisome and called for serious concern from all quarters.
Obi, who noted that most of the victims of Kogi tanker explosion were reportedly school children and students of Kogi State Polytechnic, said that it was heartbreaking to imagine the pain of losing such future leaders to the cold hands of death.
Decrying the alarming rate of road accidents in the country, Obi said “We must not turn a blind eye to the frequent occurrence of road accidents in the country. We all must play our part in ensuring that these ugly disasters are eradicated or minimally reduced. Let governments at all levels ensure that the road networks under their care are well maintained. Road users own the duty of ensuring that their vehicles are roadworthy and they obey all road traffic regulations. Let us all join hands to end this ugly menace.”
He called on the county’s transport authorities, traffic and road management officials and other law enforcement agencies to enforce road safety laws with more seriousness. He reminded them how delicate their jobs were and how a mere act of negligence or oversight could result in deadly consequences for road users.
Obi commiserated with the Kogi and Lagos State Governments, over what he described as very unpleasant and challenging moments for them and the nation at large. He condoled with the families of the victims while praying God to grant the dead eternal rest.
“My deepest condolences go to the affected families and the government and people of both Kogi and Lagos States. May God strengthen you all through these trying times as we continue to pray for the repose of the dead,” Obi added.