Buhari Condoles With PM Modi Over Train Mishap

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the families of the victims of Sunday’s  train disaster.

The president made this known in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu.

The death toll has hit 119, with 150 injured in the northern state of  Uttar Pradesh.

“The loss of human life on whatever scale, and anywhere, is bad enough.

“The world becomes united in sorrow during such moments because our common humanity makes us a family.”

Buhari then said the government and the people of Nigeria feel and share the pains and the anguish of the families of the victims and all Indians.

The Nigerian leader further prayed that God would comfort the grieving Asian nation.

Not the first time

In what was probably India’s worst rail disaster, a train plunged off a bridge and into a river in 1981 in Bihar state. It then  killed an estimated 500 to 800 people.

“India’s creaking railway system is the world’s fourth largest. It runs 11,000 trains a day, including 7,000 passenger trains carrying more than 20 million people.

“But it has a poor safety record, with thousands of people dying in accidents every year, including in train derailments and collisions.”

Government to investigate disaster

Suresh Prabhu, India’s railways minister, said in a tweet that the government would investigate the causes of the derailment.

He also promised accountability with the “strictest possible action”, as well as compensation for the affected passengers.

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