Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, in a statement regarding the building collapse that happened yesterday in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State said that;
President Muhammadu Buhari has ended a conversation a while ago with the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, in which he congratulated the Governor and his family on their lucky escape from the tragic collapse of the building of the Reigners Bible Church, Uyo.
The president also conveyed to the Governor and the people of Akwa Ibom State, the deep sorrow of his family, the government and the entire people of Nigeria over the many deaths and injury recorded following the incident.
In praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased and the quick recovery of the injured, President Buhari implored the people of the state, especially those in the catchment area of the incident, to rally round the victims of the tragedy to help ease their sorrow and pains.
He commended the government of the state for the handling of the situation so far.
I was in the church when the building collapsed; Akwa Ibom State had never experienced such a shocking incident in its history
Here’s the official broadcast by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, who just escaped death after the Reigners Bible Church International building collapsed yesterday.
Fellow Akwa Ibomites, Today we had an unfortunate incident when the roof of Reigners Bible Church Int’l, Uyo collapsed while service was going on.
I was present at the church during the incident and shared in the agony of the moment.
Thereafter, I personally supervised rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospital. I directed all emergency organizations, agencies of government and corporate organizations especially the construction companies to be involved in the exercise. They acted promptly and I commend their sense of patriotism and gallantry.
The State Government will bear the medical cost of all those injured. We note that we have never had such a shocking incident in the history of our dear state. Government will, therefore, set up a high-powered panel of inquiry to ascertain the immediate and remote causes leading to the collapse of the building with a view to forestalling the recurrence of such incident and bring to book persons found to have compromised professional standards in the construction of the building.
We appeal to all citizens to remain calm, pray for the injured and avoid undue speculation as the situation is being given the best possible attention.
On behalf of the Government of Akwa Ibom State, I commiserate with the families of all the victims of the collapsed building. We urge the Christian community to show their support, love and understanding in prayers for the families of the victims and the state.
God bless Akwa Ibom State.