Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken to Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo to offer his condolences to the government and people of Ghana on the gas explosions in the Legon suburb of Accra on Saturday.
In a telephone call on Sunday, Mr Buhari prayed for those who lost loved ones and friends in the tragedy and a speedy recovery for the injured.
A statement by Mr Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Monday said the Nigerian leader told his Ghanaian counterpart that his ” personal thoughts and prayers, as well as that of all Nigerians, are with our Ghanaian brothers and sisters as they mourn their loved ones”.
President Buhari further prayed that Ghanaians, who are known for their strength and resilience, will overcome this disaster and rise above the losses the country had suffered in recent times from gas-related explosions.
President Akufo-Addo thanked President Buhari for his comforting and kind words.
Ghana is still in shock and mourning after last Saturday’s gas explosion at Atomic Junction near Accra which claimed seven lives and injured scores of people.
The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has also discounted suggestions that the deadly gas explosion was caused by the charcoal grill of a khebab seller who was nearby.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the GNFS, Prince Billy Anaglatey determining the cause of the fire should be left to technical persons such as the GNFS to investigate.
He explained that having a khebab seller around the scene of the gas leakage does not mean that was the cause of the inferno because there were other factors such as the direction and speed of the wind at play.