With heavy mind, the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), mourned the sad event of loss of over 20,000 lives in the Turkiye/Syria Earthquake.
MUSWEN, President, Alh. Rasaki Oladejo in a statement made available to newsmen, urged the people of Nigeria and governments around the world to assist in the provision of relief items for the affected nations.
Recall that a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck south-central Turkey near the Turkey/Syria border and just about 11 minutes after, a 6.7 magnitude aftershock wave followed. These series of events have left over 20,000 people dead and over 50,000 injured in Turkey and Syria combined.
“MUSWEN sends its deepest condolences to the families and nations of Turkey and Syria who were affected by the devastating earthquake that struck their borders. This tragedy has unfortunately also caused severe damage to the infrastructure of both countries.
“Since the occurrence of this saddening disaster, we have continually sent our fervent prayers to Allah (SWT) for the repose of the souls of the departed ones while praying for the quick recovery of the injured.
“It is also our prayer that almighty Allah grants the family of the diseased the equanimity to bear the irreparable loss. Allah says in the Qur’an “…but give glad tidings to the patient ones” he said.
Oladejo added: “This tragedy is a reminder of our vulnerability and of how fragile life can be. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this earthquake, and we urge the world to come together to provide the necessary support for the affected populations.
“While MUSWEN mourns the loss of lives and properties, we identify with the call by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and call on well-meaning people of Nigeria and governments around the world to assist in the provision of relief items for the affected nations.
“We urge the international community to come together in solidarity and provide the necessary support for the affected populations in order to help them rebuild their lives.
We hope that with the support of the international community, the people of Turkey and Syria will be able to recover from this tragedy and rebuild their lives. MUSWEN is ready to coordinate efforts of providing relief of all kinds as called by the NSCIA in South West Nigeria.”