|Nigerian minister pledges assistance to earthquake-hit Japan|
|Africans in Government|
|Sunday, 13 March 2011 06:41|
A report monitored on Saturday in Lagos quotes Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Odein Ajumogobia as saying in Washington on Friday that “Our heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this tragedy and we stand in solidarity with the government and people of Japan.’’
“As the international community rallies round to offer support, we will, in our little way, do what we can to lend support and bring some succour to those who have been affected by this natural disaster,'' he said.
Ajumogobia also said that he had asked officials at the Nigerian mission in Tokyo to open emergency communication lines for Nigerians who might be affected by the disaster.
The Nigerian minister, who is in Washington for a meeting with US State Department officials, however, said that the Nigerian embassy was not affected.
The earthquake, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, struck in the afternoon, off the coast of Honshu Island, north-east of Tokyo. - APA