Buhari reacts to Bauchi market fire, windstorm


President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday condoled with the government and people of Bauchi State over the recent disasters that happened in the state.

A large portion of the Azare Central Market in Katagum Local Government Area of the state was gutted by fire on Sunday, so much so that the Bauchi governor, Mohammed Abubakar shed tears while assessing the extent of damage done on the market by the inferno.  

Buhari first offered his condolences to victims of the fire incident in a statement on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

While also condoling victims of the heavy windstorm in Bauchi which lasted for over an hour on Saturday, killing at least two persons and injuring several others, Buhari described the windstorm as one of the country’s worst disasters.

In a message to the people through the state governor, Mohammed Abubakar, he said that the government and people of Nigeria stand with them as they struggle to manage the fallout of the double tragedy.

The President also extended deepest sympathies to the victims and families of the devastating windstorm and the fire incidents.

According to him, “Nigerians stand in solidarity with their fellow countrymen in this difficult time as they face the devastation with courage and fortitude.”

“As a fellow human being, I understand your pains and inconveniences as you struggle to pick up the pieces and rebuild your lost houses, schools, markets and places of worship. This is not something you bargained, and we are powerless against the fury of nature.”

Buhari added, “On behalf of myself and my administration, my heart goes out to the victims of this disaster and I pray to God to replenish their losses.”

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