President Buhari commiserates with Turkey, Syria pledges support
The village of Pazarcik in Turkey, close to the Turkish city of Gaziantep, which shares a border with Syria, was struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake early on Monday. The latest death toll and injury count stand at over 2000.
On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari stated that Nigeria is prepared to assist Turkey and Syria “in any manner imaginable” after the number of fatalities from the earthquake that struck sections of the two nations passed 2000.
Buhari made the promise as he commiserated with the governments and people of Turkey and Syria, and those who lost family and friends in the terrible earthquake in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep.
The president’s pledge of support comes amid debates in Nigeria over the price of fuel and the Naira, which have made life difficult for Nigerians and forced many businesses to close. This has also led to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) being forced to postpone its presidential campaign rally in Oyo State indefinitely.
The President wishes those hurt a swift recovery and guarantees that Nigerians are praying for and thinking of the many people affected by this catastrophic calamity and its aftershocks, according to the statement, which expressed sympathy with the Turkish and Syrian governments.
“President Buhari said Nigeria is prepared to offer its full support in any way necessary as a staunch friend to Turkey and Syria.”