The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has reached out to residents of Jigawa State who have been devastated by terrible floods.
He commiserated with residents of Jigawa over the impact of flooding in communities across the state.
Close to 100 deaths have been recorded in 2022 in the state, including 51 fatalities confirmed in August by the Jigawa state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Obi said governments at all levels need to step up efforts on providing the necessary support for persons affected by flooding.
“News reports of the ravaging floods wreaking havoc in different communities in Jigawa State, are not only disturbing but alarming. It [is] profoundly disturbing to learn that nearly 100 lives have been lost and 100,000 Nigerians displaced from their homes due to the flooding,” the tweet reads.
“My heart goes out to the Government of Jigawa State, the affected communities, the bereaved and displaced families, in these challenging times.
“I urge the Federal and State governments to come to the aid of the victims of the flooding, even in other parts of the nation, and help them sail through the turbulent times. I also call on the relevant authorities to intensify efforts to mitigate [losses] and casualties resulting from natural disasters.
“These unprecedented flooding are linked to climate change, which is real. We can expect more of such disasters, and as such, we must plan contingency measures aimed at greater resiliency in times of natural disasters.”