President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday visited Bauchi state to sympathise with victims of the recent windstorm and fire disaster that occurred in the State, destroying lives and property of residents in the state and Azare towns of the state.
President Buhari arrived at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi around 9.30am and was received by Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Shehu Damina; the Director General (DG), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Mustapha Maihaja; the Secretary to the State Goverment (SSG), Alhaji Muhammad Nadada Umar; and other top officials of the state.
He immediately proceeded to Azare town, about 200 kilometres north of the state capital, to commiserate with the people of the area over the fire incident that ravaged the central market on Sunday.
President Buhari extended his deepest sympathies to the victims of the devastating fire incident that destroyed over 1,000 shops at Azare central market less than 24 hours after the windstorm incident that wreaked havoc in Bauchi metropolis.
“The nation stands in solidarity with their fellow countrymen in this difficult time as they face the devastation with courage and fortitude,” he said.
He further stressed that he was in Azare;
“to see for myself and access the devastation suffered by traders in the area”. I am here to personally sympathise with traders in Azare in the aftermath of the unfortunate fire incident in the market last week.”
He described the fire incident as a natural disaster, expressing the federal government’s sympathy.