Residents across Nigeria are struggling to make sense of a series of tragedies that have gripped the country, culminating in a what many have dubbed, “Black Sunday.”
Last Thursday, approximately 10 people were killed—five in an accident stemming from a collision involving nine fuel tankers on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, and five more tragically lost their lives in a collapsed building in Ibadan.
The tragedies continued on Saturday as a series of accidents and violence claimed the lives of at least 30 more.
All Africa reports:
On Saturday, another fuel tanker explosion, which claimed 24 vehicles, rocked the ever-busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The tragedy occurred at Danco Village in Obafemi Owode Local Council of Ogun State. The citizenry were still absorbing the effects of the tanker explosions when the news of the death of 30 people in Assakyo, headquarters of Lafia Local Council Development Area of Nasarawa State broke. They were killed following renewed violence between Alago and Beron communities. And on the same day, an accident in Funtua, Katsina State, claimed three persons and injured 17others.
Still thirsty for blood, the agents of death remained on prowl yesterday. First, nine people were killed and 40 others injured when a suicide bomber in a Honda Civic, who attempted to force his way into the iron barricade at the entrance of Living Faith Church, Ungwan Angas, Yelwa, Bauchi State but was denied entry detonated his explosives at the barrier opposite the church.
On Sunday, a commercial airliner crashed in a suburb of Nigeria’s most populous city, killing all 153 people onboard and numerous others on the ground. The crash, the deadliest in the country’s history, has prompted the government to suspend the air license of Dana Air, as investigators struggle to figure out what caused the tragic crash.
Responding to the devastating crash, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning and has vowed to insure the safety of air travel in the country.