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Part of the crowd at the Maiduguri, Borno State rally

Buhari sympathises with victims of collapsed pavilion in Maiduguri

Part of the crowd at the Maiduguri, Borno State rally

By Abbdullahi Isah  Maiduguri with Ismaila Chafe (NAN)

Abuja, Jan. 21, 2019

One person was said to have died while several others were injured  in a stampede that occured at the All Progressives Congress (APC)  Presidential rally held at the Radar Square Maiduguri, Borno State. 

The incident occurred when a pavilion collapsed on top of a crowd  of party supporters  who where there to catch a glimpse  of. President Muhammadu Buhari and other party leaders.
 
Our Correspondent, who was at the venue, reports that the pavilion  collapsed due to the large number of people that climbed on it. 
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with those that sustained injuries following the incident at the massively-attended campaign rally in Maiduguri, Borno.

Several party men and women who wanted a vintage view of the speakers at the rally climbed on roofs of the pavilions, one of which came crashing down on other spectators.

A statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Monday, stated that the president, who expressed sadness over the incident, prayed for the quick recovery of the affected persons.

President Buhari had on Monday launched his re-election bid in Maiduguri and  Damaturu, Borno and Yobe states respectively, with a pledge to improve on the gains recorded in the security sector.

The President, who addressed mammoth crowd at both venues, assured the people of the two states that his re-election for a second term would provide him with the opportunity to build on his previous achievements.

According to him, only the people of Borno and Yobe states are in a better position to assess whether there are improvements in the security sector or not.

The president also pledged the commitment of his administration in building a robust economy that would provide employment opportunities for Nigerians.

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