Buhari honors man, who died after rescuing 13 people and was attempting to rescue the last person when he drowned

President Buhari pays tribute to Joe Blackson, a Rivers state citizen who drowned on July 28, 2018, after rescuing 13 people and attempting to save the last.

Buhari with the Blackson family

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Below was what the president wrote on social media:

On Thursday night at the State House, we honored the memory of Joseph Blankson, a true Nigerian hero, who lost his life while saving following a boat accident on the Abonnema-Bakana waterway in Rivers State, on July 28, 2018.

Blankson successfully rescued 13 persons, and tragically drowned while attempting the 14th rescue. He was the sole casualty of the boat accident.

I presented a posthumous Presidential Special Award for Bravery and Patriotism to his wife, Mercy, and his two children, in recognition of the greatness and heroism of their husband and father.

We will continue to celebrate the best of Nigeria and Nigerians, as we work for and look forward to a better, brighter and greater Nigeria.”


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