Updated: March 7, 2021
Another day, another accident on porthole-filled Nigerian roads politicians have refused to fix.
Last year, the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics disclosed that at least 2,598 Nigerians died in road accidents between October, 2017 and March, 2018. That was just a period of six months.
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The NBS made the disclosure in the Road Transport Data for 4th quarter, 2017 and 1st quarter, 2018, posted on its website in May 2028.
The breakdown showed that 1, 306 Nigerians died in road accidents in the fourth quarter of 2017 while 1, 292 people died in accident in the first quarter of 2018.
In a brief statement released by Aso Rock, the presidency did not even mention them by names, and seemed only preoccupied with saying President Buhari was deeply pained by the death of his supporters in Jigawa State in an auto accident on their way to attend campaign events.
The only difference this time is that those who died were going to attend presidential csmpaign events in Jigawa state, northern Nigeria.
Four persons reportedly died and six others were injured in an accident involving party supporters who were going to attend All Progressives Congress, APC campaign in Jigawa.
The President also expressed his condolences to the families of two other victims who died in a stampede in Sokoto State, and assured that the sacrifices of the deceased will not be in vain.
According to the President, “The death of any party supporter touches me because these were poor Nigerians who made sacrifices to make Nigeria a better country by identifying with my change agenda.”
He stressed that, “I would never forget the sacrifices of these ordinary Nigerians who travelled long distances to attend my presidential campaign rallies.”
President Buhari noted that, “these ordinary Nigerians were the pillars of our democracy because without them, we, the politicians, become irrelevant.”
The presidency has ordered for increased structural integrity testing of all erections and fabrications such as dais, tents, stages, including electrical and other equipment.