…Deny Receiving Distress Call for Evacuation from Citizens in China
By James Ezema
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has assured the country it is in contact with Nigerians in China, saying “We …did not receive any correspondence from NIDO (Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation) East China” requesting to be evacuated from the country.
In a statement signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head Media and Public Relations Unit at NIDCOM, Abuja, the commission said: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement on various social media platforms allegedly from the Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation (East China) claiming it had written a letter to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM requesting to be evacuated in the face of the dreaded coronavirus ravaging the people living in China.
“We must say however that NIDCOM did not receive any correspondence from NIDO East China but saw it on different social media outlets.
“However we have been in constant touch with Nigerian Students Association in Wuhan (NSAW) whose President is Okoye Chiamaka and Vandi Kamaunji (Secretary General), several Nigerians resident in China as well as our Mission in Beijing.
“All communication and suggestions we have received so far have been forwarded to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who will take appropriate decisions.
“NIDCOM will continue to coordinate with the Ministry and the mission in Beijing as it awaits further instructions as directed by the Hon. Minister in this particular situation”, the commission said.