Campaign Fatalities: Once Again, President Buhari Sends Condolence Team To People Who Died At APC Rally In Taraba State

Campaign Fatalities: Once Again, President Buhari Sends Condolence Team To People Who Died At APC Rally In Taraba State

Sunday, President Buhari despatched a team to Jalingo, Taraba State, to
condole with the government and people of the state over loss of lives
that attended the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally
last week.

The team, led by Boss Gida Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of
the Federation (SGF), included Governor of Adamawa (a neighbouring state
to Taraba) Senator Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla (Bindow); Senator Ali Ndume;
Mallam Mohammed Bello, Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT); Dr
Ali Isa Pantami, Director-General of National Information Technology
Development Agency (NITDA); and Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the
President on Media and Publicity.

Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf, a Taraba stakeholder, was also joined the
team. At the Taraba Government House, where the team was received by
Governor Darius Ishaku. Mr Boss Mustapha  Speaking on behalf of the
President, lamented the sad loss of eight people during and after the
rally, promising that they would not die in vain.

“President Buhari will continue to focus on public good and welfare
of the people. The eight people would then not have died in vain”.

“They represent the good of our people and country. They wanted good
governance as symbolized by President Buhari, so they turned out to
welcome him at the rally. As we go to the polls, let’s exercise the
civic responsibility with zeal, but also with decency and restraint. The
country is our own, and we must preserve its oneness,” the SGF said.

Responding, Governor Ishaku expressed “sincere gratitude and thanks
to Mr President for promptly sending a delegation to condole with us,”
adding that the people of Taraba were grateful for the show of concern.

He prayed that the souls of the dead would rest in peace, stressing:
“Peace is my mantra. I stand by it any day. I am thankful that Mr
President, who is firstly my elder brother before being my president,
came to Taraba in peace, and left in peace.”

An official letter of condolence personally signed by the President
was presented to the governor by the SGF. At the palace of the Emir of
Muri, Alhaji Abbas Tafida, the leader of the delegation condoled with
the monarch and the people on behalf of the President, praying that God
will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

In response, the Emir said it was President Buhari that needed to be
condoled, since he lost his supporters, who loved him dearly. Promising
not to forget the relations of the dead, Emir Tafida said he would do
his best to cater for them. He also urged Nigerians to emulate President
Buhari and copy his integrity and transparency.