The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has extended heartfelt condolences to the victims of the fire incident at the Main Market and Relief Market in Onitsha, Anambra State, which reportedly destroyed several goods.
Buhari’s condolence message is contained in a statement signed on Friday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled ‘President Buhari sympathises with victims of market fire incidents in Onitsha’.
The Punch had reported that goods worth millions of naira were destroyed by a late-night fire at the plaza of the Onitsha Main Market in Anambra State on Wednesday.
Eyewitness accounts revealed that the fire, caused by an electrical fault, also destroyed shops on the third floor of the three-storey building near the main market.
On Friday, an early morning fire razed a section of the popular Relief Market in Onitsha, destroying several goods and vehicles. The fire, which also destroyed shops and vehicles around the vicinity, began when a fuel-laden tanker fell along Obodo-Ukwu Road by the Owerri Road area.
According to Adesina, the President has directed Federal Government’s agencies, working with the State Government, to give the necessary succour, while also urging public-spirited individuals and corporate organisations to assist those whose means of livelihood have been affected by the unfortunate incidents.