FG commiserates with Turkey over devastating earthquake

Former Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq,
Former Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq

By EZEKIEL OBI, Abuja –

The Federal Government of Nigeria has commiserated with the Turkish authority over the recent earthquake that has left over 22,000 persons dead and many others injured.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, paid a condolence visit to Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayraktar on Friday.

A statement issued on Saturday by The Minister’s media aide, Nneka Anibeze, said Hajiya Farouq, described the earthquake and its aftermath as devastating.

She said: “We received with sadness, the news of the devastating earthquake in your country. On behalf of the Federal Government, we are here to commiserate with you in this trying time,” she said.

“It is an unforseen disaster. We pray that families of the victims of the quake and especially the bereaved will find strength to bear the loss. This is very sad and devastating,” she added .

” President Muhammadu Buhari sends his condolences and prayers to you; once again, accept our heartfelt condolences as we pray for the repose of the lives lost in the disaster,” Farouq prayed.

Responding, Bayraktar, appreciated the Government of Nigeria and the Minister for their condolences and prayed for continued peaceful collaboration between the two countries.

The Minister was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, and the Director of Humanitarian Affairs, Alhaji Ali Grema.

Others were the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Ahmed Mustapha Habib and Special Assistant to the President on Humanitarian Affairs, Shehu Sadique.

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