The diplomatic row between Nigeria and Indonesia is getting deeper in flood waters as the federal government has immediately recalled its Ambassador in Indonesia as a step to reviewing its bilateral relations with the country.
The ministry disclosed this in a statement signed by the spokesperson, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Esther Sunsuwa, following a viral video which showed Indonesian immigration officials allegedly assaulting a Nigerian diplomat inside a car.
According to the statement, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received a comprehensive report from the Nigerian Ambassador in Indonesia on the manhandling and arrest of a Nigerian diplomat.
“The Nigerian Government demands appropriate sanctions against the relevant officials and has recalled its Ambassador in Indonesia for consultations, including a review of bilateral relations.“
Patmos Media Line can tell you that Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geofrey Onyeama may not have been satisfied with the explanation of the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria when summoned for discussion.
Already, the Indonesian government’s has apologized over the incident.
In diplomatic protocols, if the home Government of Indonesia refuse to sanction the erring officials who were captured on video, it may first lead to a retaliatory move where Nigeria will tell their Ambassador in Nigeria to go home for consultations.
If at that level the dispute is not resolved, it will lead to a withdrawal of bilateral relations at Ambassadorial level whereby the aggrieved nation, Nigeria in this case will withdraw the letter of credence of the offensive Nation’s Ambassador.
By the time Ambassadorial staffs are being withdrawn from both countries, that means there is a total breakdown in relations which will result in shutting down of Ambassadorial offices and a publication advising citizens to vacate the country.
It is however believed that the matter will be resolved as soon as Indonesia sanctions the erring officers.