Football Fans’ Death In Calabar Is 'A Big Blow' To Nigeria – Buhari
At least 30 persons were killed while they were watching the Europa League Semi-final game between Manchester united and Anderlecht.
In a condolence message, President Muhammadu Buhari said he was shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic event.
He commiserated with the government and people of Cross River State, and football fans nationwide over the unfortunate incident.
A statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, posted on his Facebook page, said President Buhari commended the State Government for the prompt action in setting up a commission of inquiry into the incident, and its offer of assistance to the victims and their families.
“The President offers his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the mostly young victims, whose sudden demise is a big blow not only to their families, but also to the football-loving nation.
“He prays that God Almighty will grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn their irreparable loss,” the statement added.
Most of the fans were electrocuted after a transformer near the viewing centre exploded and dropped a high-tension wire on the centre which was build with zinc.
Eyewitness said the loud sound had triggered panic, with many of them scampering for safety, not knowing what had happened. The rush to get out of the centre also led to stampede.
Manchester United has also commiserated with friends and families of their fans that died in the tragic event.