The President, Muhammadu Buhari , has described the gas explosion of Friday at a Kano factory as “extremely horrific.”

According to a statement signed late Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president said he is distressed by the tragic accident, the second in the city in a month

The President said, “201 residents of Sharada Quarters, Kano were hospitalized after inhaling chemicals from a cylinder dismantled by metal scrappers.

“I am shocked and pained to hear about this tragic incident, so soon after the last gas explosion. Our brave emergency response agencies and medical workers are trying their best to save lives. We are in constant touch with the field workers and the hospitals.”

He commended the immediate response of the government of Kano State and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Buhari also expressed appreciation to hospitals in the State, the National Emergency Management Agency, State Emergency Management Agencies and the Nigerian Red Cross, for their support to the victims so far.

The President wished all the injured a very quick recovery.

PUNCH/Ibrahim Bamidele

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