President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned with Turkey and Syria after deadly earthquakes killed 1,900 and injured more than 7,000 on Monday.
An earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck near Gaziantep in the early hours of Monday while people were asleep.
A new 7.5-magnitude tremor hit at around 13:30 local time (10:30 GMT), which officials said was “not an aftershock.”
The death toll from the first earthquake rose to 1,121 in Turkey, according to the country’s disaster agency.
This brings the overall number of fatalities from the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria to more than 1,900, as the latest figures from Syria estimate that 783 people have been confirmed dead.
The number of casualties is expected to continue rising as rescuers search for survivors. It’s unclear yet how many people died as a result of the second tremor.
Reacting to the disaster on Monday, Buhari extended his heartfelt commiserations to the governments and people of Turkey and Syria, and those who lost family and friends in the devastating earthquake in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep.
The President, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, wished those injured a speedy recovery and assures that the prayers and thoughts of Nigerians are with the many affected by this severe disaster and its aftershocks.
As a steadfast friend to Turkey and Syria, President Buhari said Nigeria is ready to offer its full support in any way possible.