President of Dangote Conglomerate, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, yesterday commiserated with the Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over the death of three journalists in his convoy, describing the incident as sad and unfortunate.
The business mogul, who spoke on the heel of a similar visit by members of Edo State House of Assembly, prayed for “the grace of the Almighty God to continue to protect you for the very good work you are doing here.
“If you do something good here, it will affect the neighbouring states and the whole of Nigeria. You are a great asset to Nigeria and we pray that God will never allow it to happen again and may God give eternal repose to those who died in the accident,” he added.
The President of Dangote Conglomerate congratulated the governor for surviving the accident, saying, “we are always there to assist you and pray for long life for you.”
In his response, Governor Oshiomhole narrated the incident said it could have been more tragic.
According to him, “It could have been worse if the truck had hit my vehicle.? We are all equal before God. It would have created a lot of confusion in this part of this country. We realize that when God has allowed something, we have to concede, no matter how painful”.
He noted that the incident was a big shock to him, noting as believers “we do not question the will of God.”
Meanwhile, Governor Oshiomhole has said his government would review the existing road traffic laws with a view to imposing stiffer penalties on reckless driving.
Speaking to members of the State House of Assembly who paid him a condolence visit at Government House, Benin City, yesterday, Oshiomhole said “we will take steps to ensure that drivers drive responsibly”.
The governor said, “On our part, as a government we will make more conscious effort to ensure that our roads are safe. We will look at our laws to impose severe punishment on reckless and dangerous driving.”
“The recent incident hurts me very badly. It hurts more when you see children who will no longer feel the warmth of their fathers.
It hurts to see women who will no longer have the comfort of their husband. We can only pray that God should provide for their families.”