- As Manchester United sends condolences
President Muhammadu Buhari is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic event that took the lives of several Nigerians at a football viewing centre in Calabar, Cross River State, Thursday night.
The President expressed his sadness in a press statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu on Friday in Abuja.
The President commiserates with the government and people of Cross River State, and football fans nationwide over the unfortunate incident.
Buhari commended the state government for the prompt action in setting up a commission of inquiry into the incident, and its offer of assistance to the victims and their families.
The President also offered his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the mostly young victims, whose sudden demise is a big blow not only to their families, but also to the football-loving nation.
He praid that God Almighty will grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn their irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, English Premier League giants, Manchester United, have sent condolences to Nigerian football fans that died in Calabar while watching the club’s Europa League clash on Thursday night.
The Red Devils on Friday tweeted: “Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.”
A survivor, in an interview with journalists according to a report on Channels Television, revealed that a transformer near the viewing centre located in the Inyang-Esu area of Calabar Municipal Local Government Area, exploded during the match. He said the explosion caused the high tension electric cable to drop on the viewing centre.