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We're here to say sorry, Buhari's team in Borno on condolence visit

We're here to say sorry, Buhari's team in Borno on condolence visit

In what appears a norm from the past, President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched a high-powered delegation to condole with the government and people of Borno state over Tuesday’s accidental bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons camp, in Rann.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, made this known on his twitter handle on Wednesday.

He stated that the delegation was headed by Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, with service chiefs, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali as members of the team.

The twitter message read: “A team from (President Muhammadu Buhari) PMB heads for Maiduguri on condolence visit.

“It is made of Chief of Staff, Service Chiefs, ministers of Information and Defence.’’

President Buhari, who expressed deep sadness and regret over the incident, condoled with families of the dead.

The president also wished those wounded during the incident divine succour, leading to full recovery.

He pledged federal government help for the state in attending to “this regrettable operational mistake.”

Buhari, who pleaded for calm, prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead.

The Nigeria Army said a fighter jet misfired and shot some humanitarian aid workers of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), recording casualties.

The Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor, said the accident happened at Kala Balge in Borno, noting that the victims were possibly aid workers and civilians.

Irabo added that “It is disturbing; death has occurred. There are casualties; there are deaths and injuries” and expressed his condolences.


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