Notre Dame fire: President Buhari sends condolences to France

Notre Dame fire: President Buhari sends condolences to France

- President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with France over the fire attack on Notre Dame Cathedral

- The Notre Dame was hit by fire outbreak on Monday, April 15, destroying part of the iconic building

- The president in a reaction condoled with the people of France and the Christendom

Following the tragic inferno incident that hit the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, President Buhari has registered his sadness and condoled with France president, Emmanuel Macron.

The president expressed his condolences in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 16, by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba. earlier reported that the historical cathedral, regarded as the centre of Paris, was on Monday, April 15, taken over by flames. The flames made their way from the roof of the edifice and engulfed its top, with firefighters doing their utmost to contain the situation.

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Reacting to the tragic incident, President Buhari also condoled with the Christian worshipers, adding that the partial destruction of the symbolic building was shocking.

The statement read: "President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with President Emmanuel Macron of France and all citizens over the tragic fire incident that gutted parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

"The President extends his sympathy to Christians in Nigeria and all over the world following partial destruction of the historical Cathedral, which houses deferent valuable items held dear by worshipers.

"President Buhari and Nigerians joined the world in shock and disbelief as the highly revered and historical church building went up in flames on Monday, praying that the almighty God will provide resources and capacity for full restoration."

The president, who noted that the cathedral is a symbol of France, said he joined other faithfuls to offer sympathy and prayer for the good people of France.

He said: "As one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, a central place of worship for Christians and symbol of France, the President urges joint faith in prayers for the country and its citizens."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that François-Henri Pinault, the chairman of Kering, which owned the luxury brands including Gucci, had pledged $113 million (N40.6 billion) to rebuild the iconic Paris church that went up in flames.

This was after a massive fire broke out at the Notre-Dame Cathedral on the evening of Monday, April 15, causing extensive damage before it was contained by over 400 firefighters. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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