President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of 38 victims of a boat mishap in Kirfi LGA, Bauchi State.
Naija News reports that the incident was made public by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Kirfi Local Government, Alhaji Bappa, Abdu Bara Danmalikin Bara.
Speaking to newsmen, Bappa sai “I want to commiserate with the people of Kirfi, Bauchi State and Nigeria as a whole over the loss of our brothers on their way to their farms.
“They boarded a canoe – 40 of them on Monday, October 7, 2019, and unfortunately 38 of them were drowned. Only two persons survived.
“We discovered only two dead bodies along Badara when we conducted a search and rescue operation.”
He added that local experts searched the water ways but unfortunately they did not recover any more bodies of the victims.
Reacting in a statement on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari condoled with the families of the victims.
He said the incident was a tragedy not only for the victims family but to the nation.
The president urged steadfastness in prayer for the souls of the departed, and their families.
“As the families of the unfortunate victims mourn, I extend my sympathies to them at this very difficult and trying moment, and pray that Allah comfort and give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” Buhari said.