Tinubu Says The Schoolchildren Did Not Deserve To Die The Way They Did

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The national leader of the Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said the children who died in the building collapse in Lagos Island on Wednesday, March 13, did not deserve to die the way they did, describing the incident as tragic.

Tinubu, in a condolence message made available by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman, in Lagos on Thursday, March 14, commiserated with the families of the victims, praying that God would comfort them and grant repose of the souls of the young ones.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some school pupils were among those that lost their lives after a three-storey building located on Massey Street, in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island, collapsed on Wednesday, March 13.

Tinubu said: “The building collapse in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island on Wednesday is a tragic occurrence. I commiserate with the families of those children who lost their precious lives.

“They do not deserve to die the way they did. May God comfort their families and grant repose of the souls of those young ones.

“If after the collapsed building had been found to be weak and marked for demolition and everybody had done what was required of them, perhaps this terrible incident would have been averted.

“On its part, the government must fast-track demolition arrangements once a building is discovered to be weak and deserving of being pulled down to save lives.”

Tinubu also said that the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory for buildings should be strengthened and the officers should carry out their work appropriately.

According to him, government’s laid down regulations on building construction and maintenance must be faithfully respected and enforced.

He said: “To mobilise support for these regulations, community development associations need to come to government’s aid.

“Above all, we must all take appropriate lessons and learn from this sad incident.”

The former Lagos state governor urged the state government to ensure adequate medical treatment for the rescued victims.

He also appealed to residents to voluntarily donate blood not only for victims who urgently require blood but also to improve the blood bank in the state.

Tinubu added: “While we await the inquiry into the circumstances that led to the incident, we must all support government’s efforts.”


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