describing the incident “as a devastating tragedy not only for the families of the victims but also for the country “.
He also sympathized with the government and the people of the state of Bauchi, urging firmness in prayer for the souls of the dead and their families.
The President’s message of condolence was transmitted Tuesday by a statement by his senior special assistant in the media and in advertising, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja.
“As the families of the unfortunate victims mourn, I extend my sympathies to them at this very difficult and trying moment, and pray that Allah comfort and give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement added.
Latest Nigeria News had reported that the ugly incident was made public by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Kirfi Local Government, Alhaji Bappa, Abdu Bara Danmalikin Bara who spoke to journalists.
He said, “I want to commiserate with the people of Kirfi, Bauchi State and Nigeria as a whole over the loss of our brothers on their way to their farms.
“They boarded a canoe – 40 of them on Monday, October 7, 2019, and unfortunately 38 of them were drowned. Only two persons survived.
“We discovered only two dead bodies along Badara when we conducted a search and rescue operation. Local experts searched the water ways but unfortunately we didn’t recover any more bodies of the victims. We suspect all of them drowned.”