Tanker Fire: Donald Duke, Ezekwesili, CACOL, Others Condole With Victims

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As Nigerians are still trying to recover from the disaster of the Tanker fire which occurred on the Otedola bridge on Thursday evening, various Nigerians have continued to pour out their condolences to the victims, while others have continued cast aspersions on the past, present Nigerian leaders over what they termed, government’s irresponsibility.

Presidential aspirant for the 2019 elections, Donald Duke who on his twitter handle sent his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the tanker accident in Lagos, had some of his followers asking him what he could do to change the situation if he eventually emerge as the winner, he response he was yet to give as at the time of filing this story.

Former minister of education, Obiageli Ezekwesili also charged the nation on the need to start finding solutions to impending and “recurring” problems, which should not be allowed to resurface again.

“The Tankers Problem is an age-long one for which different solutions has at one time or the other been proposed. The Solutions have so far failed to address this real and life threatening problem. We now must give it all we can to find the effective and lasting solution.

“I faintly remember that there had been a Tanker Fire accident at same Berger some years ago, right? We just have to start doing better in addressing recurring problems in our Land. We must do better. We must avoid all these inevitable cost of ignoring problems.

“Just could not find the Words to say to families of victims of the Tanker Fire accident at Berger in Lagos. Still cannot find words sufficient to express the profound sadness one feels @ their loss. May God who is the Ultimate Healer of Pains send them the right words. Amen”, she said.

Similarly, The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) commiserates with the families of victims of Thursday’s petrol tanker explosion along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The CACOL Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, expressed regret that life for the average Nigerian has become nasty, brutish and short.

According to him: “Living in Nigeria has become characterized by increased suffering, excruciating pains thereby resulting in a nation filled with people whose lives have become so cheap due to insecurity and official neglect.

 “It is sad that many states across the country at the moment have one thing or the other to grieve about; from the falling container that killed several people at the Ojuelegba Bridge in Lagos, to the Plateau Massacre, the Police-butchers clash at Ibadan, and now this tanker explosion. This sudden increase in incidents which claim the lives of scores of our citizens stem from the worsening insecurity situation that stares us as a country in the face.

“The petrol tanker explosion on the Otedola Bridge would have been effectively managed if the relevant government agencies had put in place adequate safety measures. For instance, why must the government continue to encourage delivery of petrol-a highly combustible hydro-carbon- by roads when there are fuel depots scattered across the country that could pump fuel from one location to the next?

 “But as usual we always wait till things get too bad before we think of solutions. This is obvious because the country seems to be at best on autopilot while problems emanating from the cesspool of the past keep rearing their ugly heads thereby becoming more complex as they expand in scope and scale”.

 “One wonders why a country like Nigeria which experiences only few natural disasters seems to have become an expansive graveyard. Deaths caused by totally avoidable situations like insurgency, banditry, political thuggery and official negligence just to mention a few, have become so common.

“The Federal government must not fail in its obligations to keep the country safe, especially in states with records of violence and tragic occurrences. The Government must not lose its capacity to enforce its own laws while the citizenry must be willing to play their role so that Nigeria can become a better country”, Adeniran said.

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