ABUJA, Nigeria – President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of the school children from Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, who died and sustained injuries in a fatal road accident that occurred in the council area.
Buhari’s condolence message was contained in a statement on Friday by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, titled “President Buhari mourns victims of Enugu crash involving pupils.”
The statement says, “President Muhammadu Buhari is saddened by the gruesome vehicle accident in Mgbowu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, in which scores of people died, most of them school pupils.
“The President condoles with families and kith and kin of the dead, praying that God will grant them succour, and spare the country of such tragedy in future.
“He also commiserates with the Catholic Church of Awgu, which runs Presentation Nursery and Primary School that the pupils attended, and the Enugu State Government.
“President Buhari enjoins vehicle owners to ensure road worthiness, as initial reports attributed the accident to brake-failure by the truck involved,” the statement read.
Recall that tragedy struck on Wednesday after a truck rammed into a school bus conveying pupils at Nkwo Junction, in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Seven pupils, a teacher and the bus driver, were said to have died on the spot, while nine other pupils were rushed to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, for treatment.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State had since reacted to the sad incident.