Former governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu has cancelled the 13th edition of its annual colloquium as mark of respect for those that died in an attack on a Kaduna-bound train.
Tinubu, a presidential aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the event could not continue in the wake of the attack on a train heading to Kaduna state from Abuja.
“I have just been informed of a very sad incident in our country – very sad – that people were killed and bombed on a train to Kaduna from Abuja,” Tinubu told guests at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
“It is a sad incident and calls for serious sober reflection.”
“I have just been informed of a very sad incident of over 60 people and many more were killed and bombed on a train between Kaduna and Abuja just last night,” he said.
“That is a very serious incident about the security of lives in this country and it calls for a very serious sober reflection.
“To me, to be here celebrating, dancing and enjoying myself doesn’t so show enough concern as a senior citizen.
“I will urge the two clergies present to continue to pray and every one of you to go home and pray. This event should not be holding.
“I have conferred with the people around me and they have agreed with me, and as a very highly committed democrat, I have [agreed with] their suggestions that this event be cancelled.
“We pray for those souls that have departed prematurely, we pray that Almighty God helps us win the war [against] evil and set Nigeria on the right path.”
The colloquium was billed to examine emerging global development issues and the importance of good governance for Nigeria to be an influential and respected member of the international community.
Nigeria President Muhammadu was listed as the chairman of the occasion