President Buhari has mourned over 20 schoolchildren killed in a fire incident in Niamey, Niger Republic.
The Editor Nigeria understands that President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement issued on Friday by his spokesman Garba Shehu, commiserated with the government and people of the Niger Republic, describing the tragedy as extremely terrific.
â€œOn behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, we commiserate with our brotherly neighbours on this tragic loss,â€ a message to President Mohammed Bazoum read.
â€œOur thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and communities affected by this unfortunate incident, wishing quick recovery to those who were injured.â€
NewsOnline Nigeria earlier reported that no fewer than 20 children died on April 13 after they were trapped in a fire at a school in the countryâ€™s capital.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire started late on Tuesday afternoon when the children were in lessons, many in straw-hut classrooms.
The flames blocked the school gate, so most pupils had to escape over a wall, said a teacherâ€™s union official quoted by Reuters.
Most of those who did not manage to escape were attending the schoolâ€™s nursery, officials say.