President Muhammadu Buhari has sent out a message to the United States of America following devastating tornadoes rocking the country.
The Nigerian leader extended the sympathies of the Nigerian government to the US and its people over the sad development that has caused deaths and destruction across six states.
A brief statement signed by Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, said Buhari was reacting to the catastrophe being televised around the globe since Friday.
Buhari said, “The destruction of whole towns, flattening of houses, schools, hospitals, businesses and other social infrastructure on a scale never seen before was deeply saddening.”
“Our deepest sympathies go to all those affected, as well as the government and the American people,” he added.
The President called on Nigerians to join the rest of the world in praying for the US.
SaharaReporters had on Saturday reported that President Joe Biden pledged support to states affected by devastating tornadoes that demolished homes, levelled businesses and left at least 100 people feared dead.
Describing the tornadoes as likely “one of the largest” storm outbreaks in history, Biden on Saturday approved an emergency disaster declaration for the worst-hit state of Kentucky, where at least 22 people were confirmed dead.
“It’s a tragedy,” said a shaken Biden. “And we still don’t know how many lives are lost and the full extent of the damage.”
He added, “I promise you, whatever is needed – whatever is needed – the federal government is going to find a way to provide it.”
The powerful twisters, which weather forecasters say are unusual in cooler months, destroyed a candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, ripped through a nursing home in neighbouring Arkansas and killed at least six workers at an Amazon warehouse in Illinois.
Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear, said the collection of tornadoes was the most destructive in the state’s history.
He said about 40 workers had been rescued at the candle factory, which had about 110 people inside when it was reduced to a pile of rubble.
It would be a “miracle” to find anyone else alive under the debris, Beshear said.
“The devastation is unlike anything I have seen in my life and I have trouble putting it into words,” Beshear said at a press conference. “It’s very likely going to be over 100 people lost here in Kentucky.”
Video and photos posted on social media showed brick buildings in downtown Mayfield flattened, with parked cars nearly buried under debris.
Mayfield Fire Chief Jeremy Creason, whose own station was destroyed, said the candle factory was diminished to a “pile of bent metal and steel and machinery” and that responders had to at times “crawl over casualties to get to live victims.”