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Buhari “deeply saddened" by death of 15 supporters in Port Harcourt

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Abuja, Nigeria, February 14 (Infosplusgabon) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives” of members of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party in a stampede at a presidential campaign rally held in the Niger Delta region capital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

The President also extended his “deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims" and wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.

 

Mr Daniel Elebiga, spokesperson of the University Port of Harcourt Teaching Hospital on Tuesday confirmed that 15 bodies were collected from the stadium and kept at the hospital morgue while 12 of the injured were receiving treatment.

 

Local sources said that the incident occurred on Tuesday after President Buhari delivered his speech at Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium venue of the rally. The sources said that most of the victims reportedly fell and were trampled as the crowd tried to force its way through a partially locked gate to follow President Buhari as he left the arena.

 

In a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, Buhari described the deaths as “needless loss of lives and an anti-climax to a highly successful outing” in the oil city that could have been averted if there was an orderly exit from the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.

 

“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.

 

"I 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,” the President said.

 

President Buhari assured the government and the people of Rivers State as well as the affected families of the support and prayers of the Federal Government during this difficult time. He prayed Almighty God to grant the souls of the deceased repose.

 

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