A video of all 13 Nigerians killed abroad by the coronavirus pandemic has been released by the federal government, including their full names and countries of residence.
The list, released by the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, includes a video showing the names, pictures and countries of residence of the departed compatriots.
Of the 13 deceased Nigerians, 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.
Bassey Offiong, Caleb Anya, Akeem Adagun, Laila Abubakar and Patricia Imobhio were profiled to have died of the infection in America.
Taking to Twitter, Dabiri-Erewa prayed for the repose of their souls and for the lord to heal the world.
“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,” she tweeted.
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
More than 7,000 people have died of the flu-like virus in the UK which has recorded over 60,000 confirmed cases.
The US meanwhile, has recorded over 12,000 deaths from about 400,000 confirmed cases as the virus continues to spread.
In Nigeria, about 298 persons have tested positive for the virus with seven deaths.