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Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has called on the Chinese authorities to stop ill-treatment of Nigerians in their country forthwith.
Gbajabiamila, at a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian on Friday in Abuja, expressed displeasure in the way Nigerians were been maltreated.
Gbajabiamila said that the inhuman treatment on Nigerians in China must be addressed forthwith.
The speaker confronted the Ambassador with the protest video of the incidence where a Nigerian was seen challenging Chinese officials over the maltreatment.
He said that viral media reports and videos from Beijing showed Nigerians being forced out of their houses and hotels, rounded up and their passports seized by the Chinese police.
Watch video here:
Today I met with the Chinese🇨🇳 Ambassador to Nigeria on the disturbing allegation of ill treatment of Nigerian citizens in China. I showed him the video clip that had made the rounds. He promised to look into it and get back to my office on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/9SUxH0rI7X
— Femi Gbajabiamila (@femigbaja) April 10, 2020
He said the videos also showed that some Nigerians were being forced into another 14-day quarantine after the initial 14 days they spent for same purpose over the Covid-19 pandemic in China.
The Speaker said there should be an official explanation for treating Nigerians in such a manner.
“If the diplomatic relationships between our two countries are for the mutual benefits of our citizens, then there must be respect for our citizens, and we should not compromise it.
“As a government, we will not allow Chinese or other nationals to be maltreated just as we will not allow Nigerians to be maltreated in other countries.
“The way you treat your citizens, we expect that’s how you’ll treat others; will not tolerate our citizens breaking your laws, but the crime of one citizen cannot be used to stigmatise the whole country.
“It appears that is what happened in this case; you cannot use one brush to smear the whole wall. Whatever the reason, it cannot be used and taken out on the entire community in China,” he said.
The Speaker said the House will expect a feedback from the Ambassador as soon as possible and before Tuesday next week.
According to him, it is better we nip it in the bud so that it does not escalate to another level.
The speaker also sought to understand the specific mandate of the Chinese medical team that arrived Nigeria on Wednesday and if they are on quarantine.
In his response, Ambassador Zhou said though he has not been officially informed about the details of the incidence but that he would take it up with the home government.
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