7th January, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari said the frequency of road accidents in Nigeria is particularly worrisome and calls for greater reflection on the importance of safety standards.
The president stated this on Friday as he expressed sadness over the death of 19 passengers who met their tragic fate on Thursday in a road accident that occurred on the Kano – Zaria road.
The president, in a statement released by his media aide Malam Garba Shehu, on Friday, said;
“I’m devastated and saddened by this unfortunate tragedy that claimed the lives of passengers who happily left their homes without any idea that it was going to be their last day on earth.
“The frequency of road accidents is particularly worrisome and it calls for greater reflection on the importance of safety standards.
“I understand that the accident was blamed on over-speeding and this account worries me deeply.
“Our drivers should take safety regulations seriously; they have the responsibility to protect their passengers.
“It’s unfortunate that ours is a country where, despite regular public enlightenment programmes by road safety officials, our recalcitrant drivers treat the issue with indifference.’’
According to the president, adherence to safety standards and regulations can go a long way in protecting lives on the nation’s roads.
The president extended his condolences to the Government of Kano State and the families of those who died in the accident.