Three northern state the governors took part in festivities to commemorate this year’s Christmas in Akwa Ibom State.
The governors, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, joined Governor Udom Emmanuel to celebrate the birth of Christ and as well commiserate with him over the recent church building tragedy which claimed scores of lives in Uyo, the state capital.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Tambuwal, Mr. Imam Imam, after the three northern governors visited Emmanuel on Sunday.
Speaking when he met with Emmanuel, the statement quoted Yari, who is also the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, as describing the tragedy as unfortunate.
Yari said the decision to set up an investigative panel to unravel the causes of the collapse by Emmanuel was a right step in the right direction.
“Your Excellency’s miraculous escape from death in the sad incident, is surely one of the God’s wonders.
“We, at the Nigeria Governors Forum received with shock, the sad news of the church’s collapse and we want to send message of solidarity to the people and government of Akwa Ibom State over this unfortunate incident. Our prayers are with those who lost loved ones, and those who sustained injuries,” Yari added.
Responding, Emmanuel thanked the visiting governors especially for choosing a holy day like the Christmas Day to visit Akwa Ibom.
He described the NGF as a big and important family, saying the unity exhibited by the visit would further cement the cordial relationship among Nigerians.