Atiku, Saraki pay tribute to Nigerian man who died after saving 13 persons


Former vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has eulogised the 36-year-old Nigerian man Joseph Blankson who Singlehandedly pulled 13 people out of the river in Degema local government area of Rivers on July 30.
 The diesel supplier and father of two drowned during his final attempt, leaving behind his wife and two children.
Atiku also took to Twitter account to hail Blankson as a "true Nigerian hero".
He said, “”Joseph Blankson is a true Nigerian hero who met his tragic end in his quest to rescue others when the boat he was in capsized. He successfully saved 13 people before he got exhausted and drowned. Joseph is a reminder that all Nigerian lives matter. May he find rest among the saints
On his part, Senate President Bukola Saraki, via his  Twitter handle @bukolasaraki, posted, "Every now and then we hear amazing stories of Nigerian heroes. Joseph Blankson gave his life to save 13 people. I salute this Nigerian hero who by his last great act, showed us, once again, that we have remarkable people across this nation. His memory will be writ in gold."
   While trying to save the 14th person, Blankson tragically drowned.

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