The House of Representatives of Nigeria has protested the inhuman treatment meted out on some Nigerians by the Chinese Authorities in Beijing.
The meeting arose after a viral video that saw the Nigeria Diplomat confronting the Chinese Government officials and accusing them of keeping the Nigerians in isolation more than the required 14 days whereas other nationalities were not so treated.
Reports say the Chines authorities went as far as seizing the passports of the Nigerians and the Nigerian Embassy was not informed of the Chinese actions in accordance to diplomatic protocols.
Unconfirmed reports say after the protest, the Nigerian Ambassador was assaulted which is breech of international protocol and a confrontation to the peple and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
At a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, which also had the Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu and Deputy Minority Leader, Rep. Toby Okechukwu, in attendance, the Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, said such treatment of Nigerians in China must be addressed forthwith.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (2nd left), Minority Leader, Rep Ndudi Elumelu (1st right), Deputy Minority Leader, Rep Toby Okechukwu (1st left) & Chinese Ambassador, Zhou Pingjian (2nd left) after a meeting held on Friday 10 April, 2020 at the National Assembly on the inhuman treatment of some Nigerians in Beijing, China
The Speaker also went ahead to confront the Ambassador with a video in which a Nigerian was seen challenging Chinese officials over the maltreatment.
According to him, viral media reports/videos from Beijing showed Nigerians being forced out of their houses and hotels, rounded up and their passports seized by the Chinese police.
The viral videos also showed that some Nigerians were being forced into extra 14-day quarantine after the initial 14 days they had spent for the 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.
The Secretary to the State Government, Boss Mustapha said though Nigeria has not gotten an official position from the Nigerian Embassy in China, the Nigerian Government will this weekend summon the Chinese Ambassador to brief the Nigerian Government.
International Observers believed China was so reacting because a lot of Nigerian Professional bodies including the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) openly said the Chinese Doctors were not welcomed in Nigeria.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila had promised Nigerians that the Chinese Doctors will follow due process of quarantine and would be monitored closely during their stay in Nigeria.
- Eniola Olatunji.