In a statement posted on his official Twitter page, the president said Ghanaians pray for his countrymen and that former Black Stars winger Christian Atsu, who was trapped under the rubble, will soon be found alive.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the survivors, and we pray that our fellow Ghanaian Christian Atsu is safe and well.” Akufo-Addo said in a tweet on Monday, February 6, 2023.
Reports say Atsu, who plays for Hatayspor, and club director Tanur Savut, who were both said to be in Turkey at the time of the incident, were left under the rubble.
Search operations managed to rescue some of his teammates, but Atsu and Savut were not found, the report said.
So far, more than 2000 people have died and rescuers are scrambling to pull survivors from the rubble after a devastating earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, leaving devastation and rubble on each side of the border.
One of the region’s strongest earthquakes in a century jolted residents from their beds around 4 a.m. Monday, sending tremors as far as Lebanon and Israel.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the 7.8-magnitude earthquake was centered 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) east of Noordagi in Turkey’s Gaziantep province at a depth of 24.1 kilometers (14.9 miles).
Christian Atsu came off the bench to score the winner for Hatayspor in the Turkish league last night.
The 31-year-old beat Hatayspor Kasimpasa to score his first goal for the club.
“Important win for the team. Nice to be on the scoresheet,” wrote the former Chelsea player on Twitter.
Atsu was brought on in the 82nd minute for his third appearance of the campaign as he replaced French forward Ryan Abid.
Atsu scored in stoppage time and made the difference in the round of 23 games as Hattiesspor moved out of the relegation zone to 14th in the table.