Buhari, Man U, others saddened by loss of 30 football fans at Calabar viewing centre
By Titus Agbo
President Muhammadu Buhari, Premier League club Manchester United and many other football fans around the world have sent condolence messages over the tragic event that took the lives of several Nigerians at a football viewing centre in Calabar, Cross River on Thursday night.
The Premier League side Manchester United supporters of the club, their friends and families who were affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, on Thursday, April 20. In a post on the team’s official Twitter handle,@ManUtd, Manchester United expressed grief over the tragic accident and reached out to supporters of the club, their friends and families who were affected by the tragedy .
It said: “Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.”
President Muhammadu Buharia in statement of condolence by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu also expressed sadness over the tragic event and commiserated with the government and people of Cross River and football fans nationwide .
He commended the government for the prompt action in setting up a commission of inquiry into the incident, and for its offer of assistance to the victims and their families.
“I offer my 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 said.
Buhari also prayed that God grants the souls of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourned their irreparable loss.
No fewer than 30 persons were reported to have died on Thursday night in Calabar at a viewing centre while watching the Europa Football League match between Manchester United and Anderlecht.
The incident happened at about 9.30 p.m. at Nyagasang area of Atimbo in Calabar Municipal Local Government Area.