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Updated: Stranded, humiliated Nigerians in China: Nigerian Mission intervenes, expresses FG’s displeasure

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… Onyeama also meets with Chinese Ambassador in Nigeria

Following media hype of the condition of stranded and humiliated Nigerians in China, the Federal Government has moved to resolve the impasse between both countries.

To this end, officials of the Nigerian Mission in China  and the Head of Chancery, Mr  O. Lawan, on Friday took on the Chinese authorities,  expressing Nigeria’s  displeasure.

Persecondnews had reported that dehumanized Nigerians including students on study scholarship in China who have been evicted from their hotels and houses and left to freeze in the rain-lashed streets amid COVID-19 infection have sent out Save-Our-Souls to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Foreign Affairs Minister.

The constant degradation the Nigerian nationals have been subjected to in the past weeks in China have left them frustrated, helpless and distressed.

Africans particularly Nigerians are being evicted from their homes and hotels in China and thrown into the torrential rain unsheltered.

Many of them are now destitute on the streets of Guangzhog as Chinese authorities go from house-to-house hunting for Africans especially Nigerian nationals, according to reports.

A distress message from a student reads: “Guangzhou Consular Office seems to be helpless about the situation, kindly help to reach out the Ministry of Foreign Affarirs and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) to find out what they are doing in concrete terms to save Nigerians from this molestation.

“Nigerians are being targeted for eviction, many of them are now destitute on the streets of Guangzhog as Chinese authorities go from house to house to fish them out and even arrest them on suspicion of being COVID-19 positive.’’

They are accusing the country’s authorities of maltreatment just as they said the Nigerian government did not care about their plights.

“Series of meetings have been held between Nigerian officials and Chinese officials to resolve the impasse, while the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama has also met with the Chinese Ambassador in Nigeria on the issue.

“While we expect Nigerians to obey laws of other countries, especially in these trying  times, we also ask the Chinese authorities not to make their laws discriminatory as  consultations continue between both countries to find an amicable solution to the issues at hand,’’ the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said in Abuja on Friday in a statement.

It was signed by Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations Unit, NIDCOM , and emailed to Persecondnews.

The chairman of the commission, Mrs  Abike Dabiri-Erewa,  restated the determination of the Federal Government to “ensure the protection of all Nigerians wherever they are.’’

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