Buhari offers condolences to France and prays for French Christians over the Notre Dame Cathedral fire

PRESIDENT M Muhammadu Buhari has sent a condolence message to his French counterpart President Emmanuel Macron over the recent fire incident that gutted parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.


Earlier this week, France's 850-year-old historic cathedral caught fire but thanks to the courage and determination of firefighters who risked their own lives the building's stone structure and its two towers were saved. President Macron has vowed to rebuild the cathedral within five years and already donations have been pouring in from well-wishers and philanthropists.


President Buhari has extended his sympathy to Christians in Nigeria and all over the world following the partial destruction of the historical Cathedral. In a statement released by presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu, the president called for prayers on behalf of all the victims.


Mallam Garbs said: "President Buhari and Nigerians joined the world in shock and disbelief as the highly revered and historical church building went up in flames on Monday, praying that the almighty God will provide resources and capacity for full restoration. As one of Unecso’s World Heritage sites, a central place of worship for Christians and symbol of France, the president urges joint faith in prayers for the country and its citizens."