Yobe governorship candidate sympathizes with flood victims

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Yobe State New Nigerian People's Party (NNPP) governorship candidate, Mallam Garba Umar

By Sadiq Abubakar (MAIDUGURI)

Yobe State New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) governorship candidate, Mallam Garba Umar has commiserated with flood victims across the state, describing the unfortunate incident as devastating and heart-touching.

Expressing his deepest sympathy particularly to the families of those who lost their lives, Mallam Umar said, “it is disturbing to note with concern how some innocent citizens of Yobe lost their lives in a boat mishap, a situation that would have been avoided if the State Government had put in place a temporary measure for movement.

A statement issued and signed on Tuesday and made available to newsmen by Director General , Press Affairs to His Excellency, Mallam Garba Umar. condemned the poor and untimely response and assistance rendered by the State Government to the affected victims through the State Emergency Management Agency.

According to him, the gross negligence on the part of the State Government in supervising the activities of its officials particularly those saddled with the responsibility of alleviating the sufferings of victims of disaster has further compounded the situation in the State.

The governorship candidate also said: “It is surprising that the governor has chosen to prioritise welcoming new party decampees than paying a sympathy and condolence visit to the affected communities and families of Yobeans who lost their dear lives in the boat mishap, this is an indication of incompetence and poor leadership with no sense of human empathy.

“From my research, findings and communications with the affected communities, the damage and havoc caused by this disastrous flood is far beyond what is being reported by the State Government”.

“I cannot begin to imagine what our dear affected communities are going through right now. No amount of words can describe how heavy my heart felt, my heart goes out to all those who have been affected by this disaster, and to those that loss their homes and means of livelihood, may the Almighty Allah prevent this from happening again and bring a divine succour to the victims”.

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