Fire Disasters: President Buhari Commiserates With Katsina And Zamfara Victims

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal government
will work with the governments of Katsina and Zamfara
States to assist traders affected by two devastating fire
incidents in their major markets.
In separate messages delivered by a government delegation
led by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the
Federation and the Minister of Justice, in Katsina and
Gusau, the two State capitals, President Buhari expressed
concern at the destruction of billions of Naira worth of
goods and property in the inferno.
The President noted that the unfortunate fire incidents came
at a time when the effects of COVID 19 on economies
around the world had taken a toll on virtually all businesses.
He also acknowledged that many of the traders had stocked
wares in anticipation of the boom in sales in the period of
the upcoming Ramadan and the Sallah festival that follows.
To ease the hardship and losses suffered, the President
gave assurances that the government would do all that is
possible to assist them, adding that his reason for sending
the powerful delegation was for them to assess the extent
of damage and discuss with the State governments on how
the Federal government could be of assistance.
Commiserating with the governments and people of the two
states, the President said he was interested in working with
them to avert a recurrence of such tragic incidents.
While in Gusau, the government delegation congratulated
the State Government on the recent harvest of successes in
curtailing the activities of bandits in the State.
Malami was accompanied by the Ministers of Interior, Rauf
Aregbesola, Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, Aviation, Hadi
Sirika and that of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster
Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Faruk as
well as the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity,
Garba Shehu.
In their separate responses, the Governor of Katsina State,
Aminu Bello Masari, accepted the President’s invitation to
work with Federal authorities to find solutions to the
recurring problem of market fires.
He announced that he had set up a committee to
investigate the remote and immediate causes of the
incident while giving assurances that the victims will not be
left to their fate.
In his remarks, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumin Kabir
Usman raised an alarm about plots to destabilise the Buhari
administration, cautioning the media to avoid playing a part
of it.
The Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Bello Matawalle
conveyed to the President, the happiness of his people over
the visit.
He described the sympathy expressed by the President
following the recent fire incident at Tudun Wada Central
Market, Gusau, as an illustration of his fatherly love for
Zamfara State.
The Governor used the occasion to appeal to the Federal
government to consider a general amnesty for repentant
bandits as was done in the case of Niger Delta militants.

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