President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with victims of flood disaster across Nigeria.
In a statement issued on Friday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu said the President has been fully briefed on the matter by the head of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA.
He said: “Sequel to an updated brief by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on the magnitude of havoc wreaked by flash foods, rainstorm, windstorm and fire incidents across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt sympathy with the families of victims who lost their lives, as well as those whose property perished.
President Buhari directed NEMA to immediately provide relief assistance to the affected persons and communities in all the geo-political zones of the country.
This is in order to ameliorate the negative effects of these natural and in some cases, avoidable disasters.
Shehu said the President urged Nigerians to heed to warning signals.
“Going forward, President Buhari, however, appealed to Nigerians to without further hesitation, heed early warning instructions by relevant government agencies intended to avert the negative consequences of such natural occurrences in the country.
“According to him, “It is important that our people listen and immediately comply with early-warning alerts and forecast by government bodies in order to save lives and property from wanton destruction. As the saying goes, ‘a stitch in time saves nine,” he said.