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FG pledges assistance to tsunami-hit Japan

The Federal Government has pledged to assist Japan following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in the north-eastern part of the country on Friday, which killed hundreds of people.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Odein Ajumogobia announced the assistance in an interview with the North America correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Washington Dulles International Airport on Friday.

He said: “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.”

Ajumogobia said 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 minister, who was in Washington for a meeting with State Department officials, however, said the 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


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