Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister defends China over videos of alleged discrimination. Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama has defended China by labelling as half-truths videos of discrimination against Nigerians in China.
The minister asked for restraint in accepting and disseminating information on alleged maltreatment of Nigerians and by extension Africans living in China, on Tuesday at a briefing in Abuja.
”An African restaurant, a Nigerian restaurant frequented predominantly and almost exclusively by Africans and Nigerians and that the Chinese authorities obviously picked up on this that there was this group of people who had tested positive.“And so, automatically demanded and insisted that they all be quarantined, with nobody allowed to come out in 14 days and if anybody came out from that quarantine, that they should not be allowed in if it was a hotel, back into that hotel or that residence.“So, they put in very strict measure to try to contain this outbreak which to them at that time, clearly seemed to have been within that community. And so, they put in place, this very, very strict measures.“Now, it was misinterpreted by some of the Nigerians and Africans who could not understand why it seemed to be selective and targeting only themselves.”
“And they confirmed that that narrative was the true narrative. That there were, in other words, this case that had been confirmed is positive that came in from an African flight and that there was this lady who owned a restaurant, that who was positive and the great fear that all the clients visiting that restaurant and maybe other restaurants might have been infected and might now be passing on that infection. So, after their experience in Wuhan, they were very determined to contain this in this way.“But what our officials in China made clear was that the communication could and should have been better if the authorities in Guangzhou had informed the consulates, the African consulates in Guangzhou, that this was the situation, this was the measures that they were putting in place and so for, it could have been a joint effort, a team effort and that mutual suspicion would not have been there. And of course, that was not done and that led to counter narratives and exacerbated the situation.”