By Ismaila Chafe
Abuja, Sept. 15, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his sympathies to President Donald Trump and the American people over the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence currently ravaging some parts of the United States.
President Buhari made his feelings known in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday.
The Nigerian leader identified with the anguish of the victims and the disruptions the violent winds and rains had caused so far.
According to him, the world is so interconnected by our common humanity that the impact of a tragedy in one country can be felt by others thousands of miles away.
He said: “As the victims of this natural disaster struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives and count their losses, I send the deepest and sincerest sympathies of my family, the government and people of Nigeria to President Trump and the American people over this sad event.
‘‘Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims at this difficult time in their lives.”
Buhari also commiserated with the government and people of Sudan over the reported landslide disaster in the country that had, so far, claimed tens of lives.
The President, on behalf of his family, the government and people of Nigeria, expressed regrets over the loss of lives.
According to the Nigerian leader, the thoughts and prayers of Nigerians are with the families and friends of bereaved Sudanese, who are in sorrow as a result of the tragic landslide.