President Buhari sympathises with Italy over deadly earthquake

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari (right), in an hand shake with Italian PM, Mr Matteo Renzi.

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sympathy with Italy over the deadly earthquake that claimed more than 200 lives in the central parts of the country.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Buhari said the government and the people of Nigeria shared the grief of Italian citizens over the disaster.

“My heart and prayers go out to the people of Italy at this time of national mourning, caused by the devastating earthquake.

“President Buhari told the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, that his family, the government and the people of Nigeria shared the grief of Italian citizens over this deadly natural disaster,’’ Garba said.

The President prayed to God to comfort the families of the victims and grant them the fortitude to overcome their grief at this emotionally challenging time.