Lagos-bound Osinbajo diverts to Kaduna, visits victims of terrorist attack on train

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, joined by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna to visit victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train terrorist attack, on Tuesday, 29th March 2022. Photos: State House/Tolani Alli

Vice president Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, cancelled his visit to Lagos State and visited Kaduna State, to sympathize with victims of the attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train that occurred on Monday.

Spokesperson to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, had earlier in the day via his Twitter handle, notified the public of his principal’s movement, as he tweeted: “On his way to Lagos for the 13th Tinubu Colloquium marking former Lagos State Gov’s 70th birthday, VP had to detour to Kaduna this afternoon on receiving news of the extent of human & material losses occasioned by yesterday’s dastardly attack on the Abuja-Kaduna railway route…”

Fielding questions from newsmen during the visit, Osinbajo condemned the attack and extended his condolence to the families of passengers that lost their lives.

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He had also tweeted his heartfelt condolences to the victims, while he reassured Nigerians on national security: “I am saddened by another mindless terrorist attack on citizens.

“We must for our nation and their memories fight on and defeat the cowards who unleash terror on those not armed. They will not break our spirits and our resolve. We will prevail & our land will be secure.”

He described the act as evil, adding that such behaviour was a sheer manifestation of cowardice.

The Vice President said such happenings reinforced the need to provide security and surveillance on rail tracks, adding that the government had been doing its best.

He promised that rail service would be restored soonest, just as he assured that adequate safety measures will be put in place to avert the recurrence of such incidents.

He commended the Kaduna State government for footing the medical bills of those injured, promising that Federal Government would render all necessary support.

The vice president, in the company of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Lacuma State, and some top government officials visited victims at St.Gerald Hospital and Nigerian Army Referral Hospital, Kaduna, to sympathise with the victims.