The Federal Government of Nigeria has donated thirty thousand tonnes of drugs, medical equipment, insecticide-treated nets and the sum of five hundred thousand U.S dollars to the Republic of Malawi. This came as a result of a tropical disaster called ‘Cyclone Idai’ that hit the republic. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, who led the delegation, handed the materials to the country’s Minister of Homeland Security and Disaster Management Affairs, Mr. Nicholas Dausi. Onyeama noted that the country carries a responsibility to be a big brother in Africa. Hence, there is the need to support other countries in Africa.
The minister added that any tragedy that befalls any country within or outside the continent befalls Nigeria, and such remains a burden for the country. Speaking further, he said Nigeria was considered a front line state during the years of apartheid in South Africa. This was because it was part of the struggle for the eradication of apartheid.
Onyeama explained that President Muhammadu commiserates with the people of Malawi over the unfortunate incident that claimed many lives and displaced thousands of people.
Quoting the minister:
“Please, accept our deepest sympathy as the statistics are very disturbing. With eighty-six thousand people displaced, some recorded deaths and injuries; we share this burden and the loss with you in this country. When the hurricane happened, Nigeria was conducting its general elections. Nevertheless, President Buhari instructed us to mobilize resources to this country as quickly as possible”.
In response, Nicholas Dausi thanked the government for their assistance, saying it would go a long way to help the victims of the disaster. Dausi stressed that Malawi had benefited a lot from Nigeria since 1960, especially in the areas of education and other sectors. He said that Nigeria had also rendered both human and material support to Malawi during the struggle to end apartheid.