The Labor Party's presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, visited Kaduna on Tuesday to mourn the victims of the accidental bomb at Tudun Biri in Igabi Local Government Area of ​​Kaduna State.

Obi, who called for the creation of a foundation to care for the orphans and victims of the attack, made a personal donation of N3m towards the upkeep of the victims.

He also donated N1m to healthcare workers working at the hospital and another N1m to miscellaneous people at the hospital, making a total of N5m.

He explained that the N1 million donated to the hospital management was for the 1,000 health workers working at the hospital to care for the bomb victims.

According to Obi, the orphans left behind should become the responsibility of the government.

Obi, who led a delegation to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna, to visit the victims, described the incident as “regrettable” while appealing to the Federal Government and security agencies to ensure that such incidents never occur in the country again. .

He said: “Bringing them (the victims) and treating them in hospital is one thing, but do we have the sustainable basis to take special care of orphaned children throughout the process? We have someone who lost 34 family members; Do you know the trauma of that?

“The orphans, we must now join hands because they are now our children, our property; everyone must join hands to accompany them. I, in particular, if I know that the foundation is created, I will contribute to it while it exists. It's critical, it's important.

“We are family; what happened may have happened somewhere we think we are not from, but we are all family. I have always said that the purpose of government is to take care of those in need.”

reports that the Nigerian army claimed responsibility for the accidental bombing, which claimed more than 100 lives.

Meanwhile, the Anglican Bishop of Wusasa Diocese, Zaria in Kaduna State, Rev. Buba Lamido, on Tuesday warned the northern political elite against politicizing the incident in Tudun Biri village.

Lamido expressed concern that northerners, especially politicians in the region who are eyeing the 2027 elections, have begun to politicize the incident, a situation he described as worrying.

A statement released in Kaduna on Tuesday said: “The Anglican Bishop of Wusasa Diocese, His Grace Most Reverend Dr. Buba Ali Lamido, has expressed deep regret over the accidental bombing at Tudun Biri village in Igabi Local Government Area, in Kaduna State, which claimed more than 85 lives and injured dozens, and concerns about attempts by some religious groups to maliciously paint what was an accident as an agenda targeting Muslims.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Muslims and Christians were killed in the attack, for which the Nigerian army took responsibility and for which it has apologized.

“We northerners must be careful not to demoralize the armed forces in the new war against terrorists, because the war is far from over. We know for a fact that war is a very human endeavor and mistakes will inevitably occur.”

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