Former Vice President of Nigeria and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the recent incidents in Lagos, in which lives were lost when a container fell off a trailer and onto some cars, as well that in which fire razed some stores in Balogun market.
In a statement released by his media office in Abuja on Saturday, 5 September 2015, Atiku described the loss of lives in these two incidents as unfortunate and preventable, adding that the relevant government agencies needed to be more conscious of their responsibilities in protecting Nigerians.
“Every day, the lives of Nigerians are lost to avoidable road carnage because some road users flagrantly violate the laws.”
The Turaki Adamawa challenged the relevant government agencies to be alive to their responsibilities, and to prosecute offenders severely to ensure that others are deterred from taking actions that lead to needless loss of life.
“The relevant agencies have failed to hold violators of the laws of our land accountable to their actions,” he said. “That is why these things keep happening again and again.”
Atiku consoled with the families of those who lost loved ones in the unfortunate incidents and prayed that God would give them the fortitude to bear their loss.
“Hopefully, these incidents will lead to improved laws and better supervision,” he said, “and your loved ones will not have died in vain.”
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar said there is need for stricter enforcement of safety regulations in the country to avert fire incidents and other disasters at public places.
The former Vice President made the assertion while condoling with the victims of the Balogun market fire disaster in Lagos.
The former Vice President regretted the apathy that characterizes government and public attitude to safety standards.
Atiku noted that Nigerians take safety issues for granted, an attribute he said eventually produces undesirable outcomes.
He stressed the need to train people on safety procedures and skills on how to respond to emergencies to minimize the scale of casualties or destruction.
He expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and the affected traders for their losses, and prayed to God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.