Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has described the Kebbi State fatal boat incident, in which over 150 lives were lost as a national tragedy.
Governor Masari, made the observation at the Government House, Birnin Kebbi Sunday, when he paid a condolence visit on his Kebbi State counterpart, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
The impact of the tragedy, according to the Katsina State Governor, is not limited within Kebbi State, but across the entire country and beyond, in view of the fact that most of those who died were traders on their way to the market to sell and or buy goods.
He said that the magnitude of the tragedy was such that thousands of Nigerians within and outside Kebbi must be negatively affected in one way or another, as such there is the need for compatriots across the country to sympathise and condole with the government and people of the state as well as the immediate families of the deceased.
He prayed for Allah’s forgiveness for the deceased, and the courage and fortitude to bear the loss for the bereaved.
In his response, Governor Bagudu, while expressing appreciation to Governor Masari for the condolence visit, said out of the 170 people suspected to be involved, only 25 were rescued , and 82 bodies recovered and buried.