On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma extended “deepest condolences” to Nigeria over the tragedy that occurred during the weekend at a church in the country.
In the West African country, a church roof collapsed during a service at the evangelical Reigners Bible Ministry in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in southern Nigeria, killed scores of worshippers and left many injured.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the church was filled to capacity and that the church’s pastor was being consecrated as a Bishop when the tragedy occurred.
Reports from Nigeria have it that over 50 people died when the church roof collapsed.
Speaking, President Zuma said: “we extend our deepest condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari and the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the loss of lives following the church roof collapse in Uyo. South Africa wishes all the injured speedy recoveries.”
Also, Zuma extended South Africa’s condolence to Egypt where a bomb blast killed at least 25 people and left many wounded during Mass at the main Coptic Church in central Cairo – St Marks Cathedral -.
Commenting on the which happened yesterday, Zuma said: “the South African Government joins the international community in condemning the terrorist attack which targeted the Christian community in Cairo.
“We would like to convey our deepest condolences to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, as well as to families of the deceased.
…South Africa wishes to reiterate its commitment to the international initiatives aimed at fighting the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism,” Zuma finished.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt from the Egyptian health ministry that the explosion, aside the 25 people it killed, wounded another 49 people.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi described the bombing as a “terrorist act” and declared a national mourning after the attack.