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Buhari, Atiku Mourn Persons Killed in APC Jalingo Rally

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed profound sadness over of loss of lives at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Rally in Jalingo, Taraba State on Thursday.

A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) blamed the death of the APC supporters on “the overwhelming crowd at the Jolly Nyame Stadium.”

It quoted the President as saying: “I always feel very sad and distressed when ordinary Nigerians who love me and our party because of what we stand for and have done, make personal sacrifices by taking the pains to show their support, end their lives tragically.”

It said while appreciating “the massive support he is receiving all over the country,” President Buhari called for restraint on the part of his supporters to avoid such tragic incidences and improved crowd management at rally grounds.

“I want them to stay alive and witness the dividends of purposeful governance that the APC administration will unfold when they renew our mandate,” he said.

Commiserating with the families of the victims and the APC family, President prays Almighty God to grant peace to the souls of the departed and speedy recovery to the injured.

Similarly, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar condoled with the families and friends of those who may have lost a dear one in the incident.

A statement signed by his Media, Adviser, Paul Ibe, quoted the PDP Presidential candidate to have expressed sadness over the loss of lives.

“All Nigerian lives matter whether they are of the APC, PDP or any other party”, Atiku Abubakar was quoted to have said from Katsina where he was holding a rally himself.

Atiku also expressed his deepest condolences to the APC and its presidential candidate and the Government and people of Taraba State over the tragedy.

The PDP Presidential candidate prayed for strength and comfort for the affected families and for God to grant the deceased eternal rest.

 

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