Nigeria’s Consul General in New York, United States of America, US, Hon. Benaoyagha Okoyen, has tasked Nigerians in the US to remain calm, prayerful and supportive of one another as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic otherwise known as COVID-19.
In a message to the Nigerian community in the US, particularly those in the New York area, Ambassador Okoyen, who prayed for God’s protection and sound health for Nigerians in the US, stressed that though the Consulate is closed in line with the directives of the host authorities, Nigerians should be assured of the support and prayers of the Consulate.
He said that in case of emergency, the Consulate could be reached at the following telephone lines – 646- 215-0217 and 646- 215-0625 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a related statement, the Consul General confirmed that three Nigerians had died of COVID-19 in the US, including a medical practitioner, Rev. Dr. Caleb Anya, from Ohafia in Abia state.
The statement said that Anya “died while rendering service to humanity at the forefront of the COVID- 19 pandemic in New York on 1st April 2020.
The other two Nigerians who died, according to the statement are a 60 year lady, Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali from Kano and Bassey Offiong, a 25 year old final year student of chemical engineering at the Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. from Calabar, Cross River state.
The Consulate said that Hajia Ali died on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 while receiving treatment at the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, New York, while Offiong, from Calabar, Cross River state, died on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Beaumont in Royal Oak Hospital in Kalamazoo.
While extending condolences, on behalf of the Consulate to the families of the deceased, the Consul General commended and deeply appreciated the medical personnel and other essential workers who daily place their lives at risk at the frontlines of the battle against COVID- 19.
He said “we are particularly very proud of the Nigerian Medical professionals in the USA who formed part of the incredible work force in the service of humanity at this time.