President Buhari Mourns Victims Of Boat Mishap
President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the victims boat which capsized at Corner Libata in Ingaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State
Buhari in a statement issued on Wednesday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, commiserated with the families of the
More than 150 people were missing and feared drowned in northwest Nigeria after an overloaded boat ferrying
passengers to a market sank in the Niger River, local officials said.
The boat was travelling between central Niger state and Wara in northwest Kebbi state when it went down, National
Inland Waterways Authority local manager Yusuf Birma told reporters.
Reacting, President Buhari described the news of the capsizing as devastating, offering his heartfelt condolences to
the families of those affected by this tragedy.
According to the President’s spokesman, there are indications that the boat was overloaded and there is no official
confirmation on the number of casualties.
“While efforts are ongoing to recover more survivors, the President extends his gratitude to all those involved in the
rescue efforts and wishes those injured from the accident quick recovery,” the statement partly read.
The passengers were to be heading to a market in Malele in Borgu local government area of Niger state when
the boat sank an hour into the journey.
Accident on Overloading
Local district administrator Abdullahi Buhari Wara earlier blamed the accident on overloading as the boat was
meant to ferry no more than 80 passengers.
Boat tragedies are common on Nigerian waterways mostly due to overcrowding, bad weather and lack of
maintenance, but Wednesday’s toll would be one of the deadliest recent accidents.
“They loaded vessel with bags of sand from a gold mine,” he said.
Early this month 30 people drowned when an overloaded boat capsized in Niger state.
The boat ferrying 100 local traders split into two after hitting a stump during a storm as they were returning from a
local market, according to emergency officials.
The Niger is West Africa’s main river running in a crescent through Guinea to Nigeria’s Niger Delta and is a key local
trade route for some of the countries.
By Cynthia N.