President Buhari Mourns Death of APC Supporters in Port Harcourt

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed sadness and offered his condolences over the tragic death of the All Progressive Congress (APC) supporters in a stampede at the presidential campaign rally held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, on Tuesday.

In a statement issued by a presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja the president extended his condolences to the affected families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

He also described the deaths as “needless loss of lives and an anti-climax to a highly successful outing” in the state that could have been averted if there was an orderly exit from the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium, where the rally was held.

It is indeed a great tragedy that Nigerians who have important roles to play in shaping the future of the country and had come to see and hear from us how hard their government is working to build a Nigeria of their dreams, would meet their end in this unfortunate circumstance.

β€œI assure the people, with all sense of responsibility, that the party and the government will do everything possible to ensure the well-being and safety of our citizens as they troop out to attend rallies and all other political events,” he said.

He assured the government and the people of Rivers state as well as the affected families of the support and prayers of the Federal Government.

Recorded death At APC Rally

For the one at Port Harcourt during the APC presidential rally at Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium, it has been reported that 14 people were killed in a stampede. This report was made by Kem Daniel-Elebiga, the spokesman of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).

β€œI can confirm 14 persons dead as I speak. Initially, it was six, but the figures can change as they bring them and are being examined. There are others under medical attention at the Emergency Unit, so we can’t force a clear figure beyond what the situation is at the moment”.

According to The Cable in Pulse News, the incident took place on Tuesday, 12th of February, 2019, when supporters were trying to leave the stadium after President Buhari left.

The reports also states that the spokesman of the Rivers state Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni confirmed the incident.

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