Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that Nigerians living in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China, will be evacuated over maltreatment issues.
The minister stated this during a press briefing in Abuja. He said that the decision came through following new revelations over the situation after speaking to the Nigerian officials in Guangzhou.
He said that the Nigerian government is putting measures on how to bring them back. “Quite several Nigerians in the region indicated interest to return to Nigeria”.
The Minister explained that following the new revelations, he called the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, for the second time, and expressed Nigeria’s discontentment over the situation.
Onyeama disclosed that they must bring them back as it clearly shows that the situation was not improving.
He said that Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Amb. Baba Jidda, as well as other African Ambassadors in China, met with the Chinese Foreign Ministry and expressed their worries.
The minister explained that the African Ambassadors made some demands from the Chinese Government, asserting on the respect of the rights and dignity of Africans and Nigerians in Guangdong. On the contrary, investigations showed that Nigerians over there are not treated well when they go to restaurants or visit shopping malls.
Onyeama stressed that such was unacceptable and action must be taken. He said that even though the narratives, even among Africans in the area were conflicting, there was the main narrative of the unacceptable treatment of Nigerians and other Africans in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.
He noted that in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, there was no reason to infringe on the rights and dignity of Nigerians.