President Buhari directs agencies to assist flood victims

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

President Buhari says differences cannot be resolved by abuses or by bullets.

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed solidarity with Nigerians in several states affected by floods.

President Buhari however directed all the agencies under the Nigerian government ‘to use their authority and resources to assist the victims affected by the natural disaster.’

New directive
The new directive was conveyed through the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja.

”By the delegation of his authority to declare a National Disaster in response to the increasing threats of destruction by floods, the Director-General of NEMA is mandated to coordinate a national response to emergency situations and in doing so, empowered to direct any or all agencies of government to use their authority and resources to offer assistance to victims affected by floods,” the President said.

President’s warning
In a warning to all government agencies, the President requested that any such agency that failed to assist should be reported to him.

The President expressed his sympathies to all families who lost property and their loved ones from floods.

Noting that the loss of lives cannot be compensated, President Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration would work to minimise the suffering of citizens affected by the disaster.


Mercy Chukwudiebere