The Federal Government has released a list of Nigerians who died of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) off the shore of the country since the outbreak of the pandemic in Wuhan, China.
The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made this known via a video containing the names, pictures and countries of residence of the departed Nigerians.
In the video posted on her verified Twitter handle, 13 Nigerians abroad have, so far, died of the pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives globally.
According to reports, of the 13 countrymen, eight died in the United Kingdom while five died in the United States.
The 55-second clip listed the departed souls in the UK as Dr Alfa Sa’adu, Carol Jamabo, Dr Kole Abayomi, Bode Ajanlekoko, Adeola Onasanya, Ugochukwu Erondu, Chidinma Olajide and Mmaete Greg.
Those profiled to have died of the infection in the United States include Bassey Offiong, Caleb Anya, Akeem Adagun, Laila Abubakar and Patricia Imobhio.
Praying that the souls of the departed ones find repose, Dabiri-Erewa tweeted:
May the souls of our brothers and sisters in Diaspora, who lost their lives to COVID-19, rest in peace. May the Lord heal the world.
Over 85,000 coronavirus deaths have been recorded globally from about 1.5 million confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO, situation dashboard as of the time of filing this report.
More than 7,000 people have died of the virus in the UK which has recorded over 60,000 confirmed cases.
The US has also recorded over 12,000 deaths from about 400,000 confirmed cases while Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases and deaths toll less than 300 and 10 respectively.
Nigeria currently has 288 confirmed cases of the pandemic and seven death amidst fears that the pandemic may continue to rise despite measures by the Federal Government to curtail the spread of the pandemic across the country.
See video below:
May the souls of our brothers and sisters in Diaspora , who lost their lives to Covid 19, RIP. May the Lord heal the world 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/T1Nu77xP3G
— Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) April 9, 2020