By Ismail Auwal
President Muhammadu Buhari has met with family members of the victims of Kano explosion.
In a brief meeting with families at Kano Emir’s palace, Buhari described the explosion in Kano last week as “sad and unfortunate.”
He said he was extremely pained by the loss of lives and injury to many due to the explosion.
President Buhari added that, “my thoughts and that of the nation are with the bereaved families. I hope the injured will recover fully at the earliest possible time.”
According to Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman, “the family members, accompanied by various community leaders, resident in Sabon Gari Kano, including Chief Nicholas Ibekwe, the Eze Igbo, were assembled at the Palace of the Emir, His Royal Highness Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero for the meeting with the President.”
Buhari also commended the traditional institution and the people of Kano for standing with him at all times.
The Emir of Kano, in his address, thanked the President for the condolences and commended him for providing a fair and just leadership.
He conveyed Kano community’s appreciation for the numerous things the federal government is doing in the state and prayed for the emergence of good leaders in the coming elections.
The government of Kano State has announced cash support in various sums for the families of the deceased, the injured and others whose property were partly damaged or destroyed in the explosion.
Buhari was in Kano for the 58th anniversary of the Nigeria Air Force.
During the event, the president commissioned seven new Pakistani-built Super Mushshak (MFI-17) military aircraft. He said the aircraft will boost the Nigerian Air Force.