Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the Thursday night tragedy at which scores of ardent football fans were electrocuted while watching the Europa Champions League match between Manchester United and Anderlecht in Calabar, Cross River State.
In a press statement by his media office in Abuja, yesterday, the former Vice President expressed his condolences to the families and friends of all those killed in the unfortunate incident.
“No one deserves to die in this way, particularly in the pursuit of their passion,” Atiku said.
The former Vice President while observing that viewing centres are springing up in every nook and cranny of the country to satisfy the demands of millions of football and other sports’ fans, said it is imperative that the relevant authorities ensure that the centres meet basic requirements of safety to the lives of the clients.
He urged governments at all levels to partner with non-governmental organisations and even well-meaning individuals in setting up cultural centres in communities, especially the most vulnerable for the relaxation, comfort and entertainment of citizens of those localities.
In a related development, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has described the loss of several lives at a viewing centre in Calabar, the state capital, as tragic and unfortunate.
“I am sad and heartbroken at the way and manner the young and promising lives of the young men were lost through electrocution” he said.
In a statement issued by his aide on Communication, Clara Braide, the NDDC Chairman further said ” I am deeply saddened at the loss of these promising lives at a time our nation and indeed the state is set to tap into the vast potentials of our vibrant young men and women for the greater good of our society. The incident is, indeed, a very sad development and dark chapter in the life of the state and the community where this incident occurred.
Ndoma-Egba also commiserated with the families of the victims of the tragedy, the Government and good people of the State.
“It is sad that the youngsters met their unfortunate deaths while engaged in a healthy innocent past time”