- The federal government says there is no request for the evacuation of Nigerians from coronavirus-risk nations
- Minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says if there is a request, FG will act accordingly
- Onyeama also denies reports that two Nigerians who came from Brazil are being badly treated in Togo
There was no request by Nigerians living abroad for their evacuation amid the growing scare of coronavirus global pandemic, minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says.
Responding to the allegation that Nigerians abroad were left to their fate in some of the COVID-19- risk countries, Onyeama said: "no Nigerians are wishing to be evacuated from various countries."
He, however, said, if there is such request at the embassy, the federal government will act accordingly, Vanguard reports
Legit.ng gathers that Onyeama made this known on Tuesday, March 31, in Abuja during the presidential task force briefing on the update of COVID-19 in the country.
Onyeama also denied that a Nigerian lady and her husband were inadequately treated in Togo, while on their way back from Brazil, through Addis Ababa.
He said the government in Togo placed them in a five-star hotel isolation centre where their coronavirus situation is being monitored by the country's health officials.
“They were kept in separate rooms, and because the period of isolation is still on, our ambassador is not even allowed to see them," the minister said.
“But, he is aware that they are well looked after; so, it is wrong to say that a Nigerian lady is living in deplorable conditions in Togo.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that as more cases of coronavirus are recorded the federal government has commenced the distribution of preventive items to people living with disabilities.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development made the donation and distribution at the Karmajiji disabled community in Abuja.
The ministry said the distribution was part of President Muhammadu Buhari's efforts towards ensuring the safety of lives amid the coronavirus global pandemic.
Items distributed to the disabled people include hand sanitizers, face masks, soaps, bleach and plastic buckets.
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