President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the loss of lives at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Rally in Jalingo, Taraba State on Thursday.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement quoted Buhari while reacting to reports of the tragic death of some APC supporters due to the overwhelming crowd at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, as saying: “I always feel very sad and distressed when ordinary Nigerians who love me and our party because of what we stand for and have done, make personal sacrifices by taking the pains to show their support, end their lives tragically.”
While appreciating the massive support he is receiving all over the country, President Buhari calls for restraint on the part of his supporters to avoid such tragic incidences, and improved crowd management at rally grounds.
“I want them to stay alive and witness the dividends of purposeful governance that the APC administration will unfold when they renew our mandate,” he said.
Commiserating with the families of the victims and the APC family, Buhari prayed Almighty God to grant peace to the souls of the departed and a speedy recovery to the injured.