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Keep enterprising spirit alive, Buhari tells Jos market victims


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. PHOTO: SEYLLOU / AFP

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged victims of the fire incident in Jos Terminus market in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State to move beyond their losses, by keeping their enterprising spirit alive.

On Saturday morning, a section of the market caught fire destroying about 217 shops.

Mr. President stated that he was ‘devastated’ by the scale of economic losses suffered by hardworking and ordinary Nigerians, noting that their input to the country’s economy “cannot be underestimated.”

While expressing worry over the fire incident, which is the third in the market in a decade, Buhari called on local authorities to put in place preventive measures to forestall recurrence.


He said the incidents took a heavy toll on people’s means of livelihood, adding that the intervention of all tiers of government would go a long way to alleviate their pains.

According to him, “trading and agriculture remain the mainstay of these hardworking businessmen and women, and every democratic leader would genuinely feel the pains of the victims of this fire disaster.

“With profound sense of empathy, I am touched by the large scale economic losses suffered by the victims of this fire disaster.

“As you count your losses, I send you my heartfelt commiserations over this devastating disaster. I am confident that your enterprising spirit would help you rebuild your lives. May God replenish you with more prosperity.”

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