President E.D Mnangagwa met with Mr Geoffrey Onyeama,Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at State House in Harare on Wednesday,May 15.
The Nigerian Foreign Minister announced his government’s intervention where it donated a planeload of medicines and an assortment of goods to be distributed to the affected communities in Chimanimani and parts of Masvingo to mitigate the effects of Cyclone Idai.
Nigeria joined many other countries in the region and beyond,that have assisted Zimbabwe in various ways to help the country recover from the effects of the deadly storm.
President Mnangagwa thanked the Nigerian government for the kind gesture and said it demonstrated the cordial relationship between the two countries which dates back to the days of the liberation struggle.
Mr Onyeama delivered President Muhammadu Buhari’s message of sympathy to President Mnangagwa following the tragedy which claimed hundreds of lives and damage to property.
President Mnangagwa said,“the people of Nigeria and its leadership have realised that our brothers and sisters here were visited by Cyclone Idai and in their compassion have sent us a plane-load of medicines and other material to give to people in that area, Chimanimani and Chipinge, who have suffered a devastating event,” he said.
Nigeria has also rendered assistance to Malawi and to Mozambique that have also been affected by the deadliest cyclone in the history of the Southern Africa.
The cyclone transpired on March 14, bringing heavy winds and rains, before moving inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing people across the three countries.
President Mnangagwa also took the opportunity of the visit by Mr Onyeama to congratulate his counterpart, Mr Buhari, for winning the general elections held in that country recently.
“We are happy that he has come back again as the leader of Nigeria. The people of Nigeria again felt that they needed his leadership.” he said.