The Federal Government has kicked against the discrimination against Nigerians and other Africans residing in China.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, speaking at the daily Presidential Task Force briefing on Thursday, said that the recent alleged inhumane treatment of some blacks in China is unacceptable.
He assured that the Federal Government will be working with leaders of other Africa countries to take definitive steps against China.
I have received reports and we told them that it is unacceptable and we are also engaging with other African countries to decide and work together definitive steps and measures that we will take because of this situation.
The minister’s statement is coming amidst weeks after several videos circulated on social media showing Chinese authorities harassing Africans, including Nigerians, in Guangzhou, the Guandong Province of China.
Although the Nigerian government blamed the action on poor communication between the Chinese authorities and African consulates in Guangzhou, the Chinese government said it has concluded plans to protect Africans in the country and will not tolerate discrimination against them.
He said the Nigerian consulate in Guangzhou has been directed to systematically detail every single case of discrimination, loss or damage suffered by any Nigerian.
He noted that every single case will be followed robustly and compensation and damages will be done where required.
So for us, as I said, it is a red line and we are going to fight it to the very end.
We are extremely disappointed because we have excellent relations with the government and people of China that such a thing can happen at this stage.
He explained how the government, out of solidarity refused to place a ban on China when the pandemic started in Wuhan.
When there were calls for travels to be banned to China when they had the outbreak in Wuhan, we went along with the World Health Organisation (WHO) advice not to place a ban on China and we showed real solidarity.
But really we are deeply wounded by what has happened to Nigerians and other Africans in China and of course.