A file photograph of the Minister of Overseas Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
The Nigerian Authorities has stated there isn’t a acceptable circumstance beneath which Nigerians in China could be racially discriminated towards.
The Honourable Minister of Overseas Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama on Thursday 23rd April, 2020, disclosed the federal government’s stand whereas talking in response to questions on Nigerians within the UK being charged £350 to check for #COVID19, the evacuation course of after 4weeks of preparation and replace on the alleged maltreatment of Nigerians in China.
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Mr Onyeama stated, “We’ve made it unequivocally clear to the Chinese language Authorities that not at all will we settle for racial discrimination of Nigerians and Africans in China.
“That could be a crimson line for us as a result of we confirmed China actual solidarity in not putting a ban on China through the early outbreak of the pandemic in Wuhan. However after all, the Authorities of China has given us explanations that no such factor will happen any extra.
“We’re additionally partaking with different African international locations on a typical response. We’re extraordinarily disillusioned such a factor might occur, as a result of we’ve wonderful relations with the folks and Authorities of China.
“We can even pursue robustly, compensation and damages for each documented case. We are going to pursue this case to the very finish regardless of no matter financial cooperation that we’ve with China.
“As a result of, on the planet of in the present day, we completely is not going to and can’t tolerate and settle for any type of racism or discrimination towards blacks or Africans.
“Because the World’s largest black nation, it behoves on us to defend the dignity of blacks and Africans wherever on the planet.”
The minister famous that an announcement has been made on accessing what number of Nigerians in numerous international locations wish to come dwelling, mentioning that every one communication needs to be with the Excessive Fee or Embassy.
He pressured that at no time did any directive emanate from the UK Excessive Fee or the Ministry of Overseas Affairs that Nigerians ought to take any take a look at.
In an announcement on the Overseas Affairs’ web site, a process checklist for evacuation was given.
“The assorted phases on the evacuation Course of for Nigerians overseas are:
* Collation of names
* Journey Logistics: Negotiation with airways
* Making ready & figuring out isolation centres for necessary quarantine
* Numerous different approvals ongoing”.