President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a sympathy message to the Government and people of Japan over the loss of lives and property following a heavy downpour that resulted in flooding and landslides.
In Letter to the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, President Buhari described the tragedy as an “unprecedented weather disaster.”
He conveyed the prayers of the people of Nigeria for the Japanese as they surmount the fall out of the sad incident, saying he was shocked at such a large number of death as a result of the disasters.
“On behalf of the government and the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to commiserate with the Government and people of Japan, following last week’s torrential rain that caused floods and subsequent landslides in Western Japan, killing over one hundred and seventy six persons and forcing millions to evacuate their homes while dozens remain missing.
“It is indeed sad that the unprecedented weather disaster, the worst since 1982, has caused massive destruction to livelihood in the flood stricken areas. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the distressed population and indeed the entire people of your country during this period of national grief.
“I am confident that the Government and people of Japan will quickly recover from this tragedy and show resilience while embarking on the rebuilding process.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari has described education as a veritable doorway through which the boundless potentials of youths can be positively harnessed for the benefit of society, and the country at large.
Receiving the outgoing Ambassador of Belarus, Mr. Vyacheslav Beskosty, who has spent over six years in Nigeria as the pioneer Ambassador of his country, Buhari said: “I am impressed by your successful tour of duty, particularly in the area of educational ties between our countries: over 600 young Nigerians are in your country, trying to guarantee a better future for themselves through education.”
President Buhari said that the relationship between Nigeria and Belarus is sure to grow stronger in the years ahead.
This was even as Ambassador Beskosty said that Nigeria had big potential for economic cooperation with his country, adding that military and technical ties are equally proceeding satisfactorily.
He said that agricultural development is on the priority list of the Buhari administration, adding that Belarus, as the world’s biggest producer of fertilizers, and a giant in production of tractors has a great role to play in the bid to achieve food self-sufficiency in Nigeria.
The outgoing Ambassador commended the Buhari administration for its service to the nation, and that people are already seeing significant changes in the country.