A consignment of medical supplies and food items have been delivered to Nigeria from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of efforts to show support for Nigeria’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
According to a tweet by the UAE Embassy in Nigeria on Saturday, the Prime Minister of the Arabian country, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ordered officials in his country to send urgent medical aid and food supplies to Nigeria.
The tweet read, “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum orders urgent medical aid and food supplies to be sent to the friendly Nigerian people to support the efforts of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and limiting its spread. In a clear confirmation of the UAE ‘s solidarity with all brotherly and friendly countries in crises.”
The relief shipment, which includes seven tonnes of medical supplies and five tonnes of food supplies, were dispatched from Dubai.
The United Arab Emirates and Nigeria enjoy a bilateral trade relation, with President Muhammadu Buhari wooing private Arabian investors to come and do business in Nigeria.
President Buhari and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi had in April, 2019 reaffirmed the need to work together to further consolidate on the strong relationship and mutual respect between the countries.
The donation of the the supplies is step in the right direction towards strengthening ties between the two countries.