President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has offered his condolences to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, following an earthquake that struck the village of Amizmiz, near Marrakesh, Morocco.
The incident, which occurred around 11 pm on Friday has killed more than 2,000 people, as rescue teams raced to find survivors trapped in the rubble of flattened villages.
The strongest-ever quake to hit the country has killed at least 2,012 people and injured over 2,059, many of them critically, according to the latest official figures.
Friday’s 6.8-magnitude quake struck 72 kilometres (45 miles) southwest of the tourist hub of Marrakesh, wiping out entire villages in rural areas.
“I’ve lost everything”, said Lahcen, a resident of the mountain village of Moulay Brahim, whose wife and four children were killed.
Rescue workers recovered the bodies of Lahcen’s three daughters from the rubble of what was once their home, but have not yet found the bodies of his wife and son.
“I can’t do anything about it now, I just want to get away from the world and mourn.”
Troops and emergency services have scrambled to reach remote mountain villages where victims are still feared trapped.
Al-Haouz province, where the epicentre of the earthquake was located, suffered the most deaths with 1,293, followed by the province of Taroudant with 452.
Meanwhile, Tinubu in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, described the incident as unfortunate, adding, “In the face of this adversity, Nigeria will continue to stand in solidarity with Morocco as they recover, rebuild and come out stronger than ever from this unfortunate event.”
Friday’s earthquake was described as Morocco’s deadliest since 2004 when a tremor in the northern Rif mountains killed over 600 people.
When contacted on the effort by the Federal Government to ascertain if any Nigerian was affected, the spokesperson for the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said in a message, “None has been brought to our notice till now.”