Coronavirus: Buhari’s govt donates over N12million to Nigerians in China


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Federal government has donated the sum of 235,000 RMB (over N12million) to Nigerians living in Wuhan, the epidemic center of coronavirus in China.

A statement issued by Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), stated that the gesture was part of the various interventions of the government to the welfare of Nigerians in China.

The Herald gathered that the statement which was signed on Thursday, February 27, by the head, media relations of NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said in appreciation of the gift, Nigerians in China sent ‘thank you’ letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The letter was signed by the acting president of Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) China, Justina Obaoye Ajala and sent to chairman/ceo of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

The letter read: “On behalf of NIDO China, we will like to appreciate the government of the federal republic of Nigeria, ministry of foreign affairs, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and the Embassy of Federal Republic of Nigeria in China for the immense support and encouragement during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) which originated in Wuhan, China.

“We want to use this opportunity to appreciate the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the leadership of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari for the generous financial support of the sum of 235,000 RMB provided for Nigerians in Wuhan.

“We sincerely appreciate you and your team NIDCOM in collaboration with the ministry of foreign affairs and the embassy of the federal republic of Nigeria in China for the role played in facilitating the financial support.”

Earlier, The Herald reported that members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected a motion to evacuate Nigerians in China following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

The federal lawmakers who voted massively against the motion raised by the spokesperson of the house, claimed that Benjamin Okezie, China has better facilities to handle the situation than Nigeria.

Efforts by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila to calm the lawmakers and allow Okezie to move his motion, turned abortive.

Drama ensued when two other sponsors of the bill who were meant to support the motion, declined to second the motion to be moved.


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