On Wednesday, March 13, around 10:20am, a tragic incident occurred at Itafaji area of Lagos state. A three-storey building housing a primary school collapsed taking the lives of scores of pupils.
It was gathered that about 69 children are feared to be trapped in the building. According to the Lagos state commissioner for health, Jide Idris, many of the rescued children were taken to Lagos Island General Hospital.
Nigerian celebrities such as Mercy Aigbe, Ali Baba, Ajoke Silva and others have also reacted to the building collapse story. The celebrities took to their Instagram pages to share their reactions.
Actress Ajoke Silva had expressed hopes that more survivors will be rescued from the building. She also called on the government to do something about the buildings in Lagos Island.
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Your mercy oh Lord on the souls of the dear departed. May their be more survivors Lord. As a matter of urgency their needs to be a stress evaluation on buildings in Lagos island. Some of them have been around since the early 20th century and added to without building permission.
Actress Mercy Aigbe took to her page to pray for the victims and the families who are grieving.
Comedian Ali Baba had extended condolences to the family of the victims. The comedian wrote a long post talking about what the government should have done and how some Nigerians would have reacted.
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Someone sent me a message asking why I have not said anything about this Lagos Island building collapse, since yesterday… I ignored it. My condolences to all the families who lost loved ones and properties. God will console you. But just to avoid being considered insensitive, let me say this, we are our own problems. If Lagos State Government marked that building for demolition and actually went through with the demolition, many of the people going emotional and getting angry about the non demolition now, would have been the same persons calling out the government. For being insensitive to the plight of the poor. How can they break down a school because they believe the integrity of the structure is suspect? Close a road for repairs, you will hear people shout. Clamp down on commercial drivers with out prerequisite certification, NURTW will go on strike. Try to weed out the teachers in our schools who need to be taught, NUT will go on strike. Query a Chief Judge who can not explain the source of monies that can not be from his salary, it is called a witch hunt. Arrest buses for indiscriminate parking anywhere but the bus Stop, it's oppression of the masses. People will throw dirt and refuse into drainage and complain of flooding. Ask a young man with no means of livelihood driving a range rover, it's oppression of the youths. Stop a man who is driving with a child in the front seat, they will ask you is it your job? Stop someone driving against one way, they will say, just let him go. Posted a video of 2 Soldiers riding an okada without helmets, and the question some were asking was how much do the soldiers get paid? How many times have we complained of tankers on the bridge? How many engineers have been punished and licenses withdrawn? How many properties have Been seized? How much compensation has been paid? How many of such structures are insured? What is the Institute of Quantity surveyors doing about these issues? What do I know Sef? Shebi I am just a comedian?
Mercy Johnson expressed sadness over the incident. She noted that she could never get over the photos. The actress also prayed for the family of the victims.