The Anambra State Government has expressed condolences to former Anambra State Governor, Mr Peter Obi, and his family following the fire that destroyed the family’s multibillion-dollar Next International shopping mall in Abuja
Mr C Don Adinuba, the commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, stated in a press release about the December 26 fire incident that the business concern was a testament to the former governor’s industry and the spirit of the Igbo people.
“It is regrettable that this enormous complex, the largest shopping mall in the Federal Capital Territory, go up in flames on a day when the entire world was still rejoicing with Christendom over the birth of Jesus Christ some 2,000 years ago,” he said.
“It is a tremendous loss to not just the Obi family or the people of Anambra State who are famous the world over for their entrepreneurial skills or the Federal Capital Territory where the mall is located but the whole country”.
According to the government, Next International, whether in Abuja, Lagos, or elsewhere, exemplifies how Anambra people start small businesses and quickly grow them into multi billion-naira enterprises.
Adinuba expressed confidence that the mall would be rebuilt sooner than some people might expect, and thanked the fire services for responding quickly to extinguish the fire, as well as security agencies for keeping order at the site.
He also praised the many people who rushed to the scene to remove vital goods from the mall and store them in secure locations.
“These people could have gotten away with the goods, but they chose to be their brother’s keeper at a critical juncture.”
“It demonstrates that, despite the nation’s recent difficulties, an overwhelming majority of ordinary Nigerians are committed to the values.”