President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his administration will continue to fight corruption and Boko Haram insurgency and ensure security of life and property across the country.
He made the pledge yesterday while addressing members and stakeholders of the APC at his presidential campaign at Ramat Square, Maiduguri, Borno State.
The president said the property forfeited by looters would be sold and the proceeds saved in the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
He claimed that the APC-led government, in the last three years, has fulfilled its three-point cardinal pledges. These, he said, include agricultural revolution, sustained investigation and apprehension of suspected corrupt government officials, and the fight against insurgency and other criminal activities across the country.
Meanwhile atleast one person has been reported died and over 50 people injured at the Monday rally. This happened when a section of platform at campaign venue collapsed, under the weight of the people on top of its roof, midway into the event. The collapsed roof and the people on top of it crashed on those beneath, causing a commotion among the crowd.
Witnesses said huge crowd at the event at the Ramat Square almost overfilled the expansive square, with some of the spectators climbing on top of metal pavilion constructed to provide shade at the venue.
Makinta Zarami, the spokesman of the APC in Borno state, told the media that most of those affected were APC members from Marte Local Government Area.
“I was aware that most of those affected were from Marte and they were about 50 in number,” he said.
“Most of them were taken to Umaru Shehu General Hospital and Nursing Home where they were treated. As at this evening I was informed that most of them were discharged except for two that had a bit serious injury.
“But I am not aware of any case of death. If I know I will honestly tell you.”
One of the media aides of the governor, Usman Kumo, also denied knowledge of any case of death.
However, in an earlier statement released by Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesperson, there were references to loss of lives.
“I am shocked to hear about the loss of lives following the tragic incident at the stadium this afternoon in Maiduguri. May Allah repose the souls of the deceased,” the president was quoted as saying.
“I understand that the Borno State government, the Red Cross and other aid agencies are taking steps to help affected people. May Allah repose the souls of the deceased and heal the injured,” Shehu said.
However, an updated statement by Shehu minutes said there were only injuries as the president expressed his deepest sympathies to all those who were injured “following an incident at the massively-attended campaign rally in Maiduguri, Borno State at which a pavilion came down crashing on party faithful”.
“Several party men and women who wanted a vintage view of the speakers at the rally climbed the roofs of the pavilions, one of which came down crashing on other spectators.
“May Allah heal those that were injured, I thank you all for the support,” the president said.