Unic Press UK: Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, Femi Gbajabiamila, has, during a meeting with China Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, expressed disgust with the inhumane treatment meted some Nigerians in Beijing, China, by the officials of the Chinese government.
The meeting followed a video that emerged in many social media and news platforms, showing a top official of the Nigerian embassy in China questioning/criticizing a team of Chinese officials over widespread discrimination against Nigerians. It is alleged that Chinese authorities ejected many Nigerians from their houses/hotels, and seized their passports.
During the meeting, Gbajabiamila said:
“…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.”
Responding to the allegations, China Ambassador to Nigeria, Pingjian, who promised to revert Tuesday to the House Speaker, Gbajabiamila, said:
“We take our relationship with Nigeria very seriously. Until we receive a full report from back home, I cannot act, but I can assure you it is not a policy issue. We treat everyone equally, but during the implementation of the COVID-19 measures in China, it is possible for some incidents; all I do is to take it back home, today I will.”
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