- The disastrous tornadoes that have left about six states in the US recently have gotten the attention of President Buhari
- President Buhari, reacting to the tragedies, sent his heartfelt sympathies to the US government and citizens
- Buhari also urged Nigerians to keep praying for victims and survivors of the tornadoes who are going through a tough time
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sympathies with the government and people of the United States over devastating tornadoes that ravaged six states, killing at least 80 persons with large-scale destruction of properties recorded.
The Nigerian leader called on fellow citizens to join the rest of the world in praying for the rescue of those still trapped in the rubble and the quick recovery of victims and their families.
In his reaction to the catastrophe, President Buhari noted:
“The destruction of whole towns, flattening of houses, schools, hospitals, businesses and other social infrastructure on a scale never seen before is deeply saddening.”
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“Our deepest sympathies go to all those affected, as well as the government and the American people."
The president's statement was shared in a Facebook post by one of his media aides, Garba Shehu.
The post read:
"President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the sympathies of the nation to the government and people of the United States following devastating tornadoes ripping across six states, leaving destruction and death on their trail.
"Reacting to the catastrophe shown around the globe since Friday, President Buhari said, “the destruction of whole towns, flattening of houses, schools, hospitals, businesses and other social infrastructure on a scale never seen before is deeply saddening.”
"He said, “our deepest sympathies go to all those affected, as well as the government and the American people."
"The President urged fellow citizens to join the rest of the world in praying for the deceased and the quick recovery of other victims and their families at this difficult time."
Kentucky: Photos, losses, tears, deaths As tornadoes ravage US
Earlier, President Joe Biden had described the dozens of tornadoes that tore through at least six US states on Saturday, December 11, as "one of the largest" storm outbreaks in American history.
The devastating storms, which happened literally overnight, have left at least 80 people dead and displaced thousands more. The state of Kentucky has been the most severely affected with at least 70 locals confirmed dead.
Many of the deceased have been identified as workers at a candle factory, while at least six died in an Amazon warehouse where they were on the Friday night shift packaging orders ahead of Christmas.
The severe storms apparently crumbled metal, bashed concrete buildings to pieces, and even threw a heavy train off its track.
Rescue efforts were still underway in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.