President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday sympathised with the victims of Jos Terminus Market where more than 270 shops were gutted by fire.
Buhari expressed his sympathy in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Sunday.
The president said he was devastated by the scale of economic losses suffered by “hard working and ordinary Nigerians who believe in self-reliance to support themselves”.
“With profound sense of empathy, I am touched by the large scale economic losses suffered by the victims of this fire disaster.
“The role of these enterprising Nigerians in the economy of our country cannot be underestimated.”
He said it was particularly worrying that the latest fire disaster at the Jos Terminus Market was the third in less than 10 years.
“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,” he said.
The president also appealed to the local authorities concerned to take every necessary measure to forestall frequent fire incidents.
Property worth millions of naira, were on Saturday morning destroyed in Jos Terminus Market.
Authorities are yet to ascertain the cause of the inferno.