The Federal Government has reacted to the alleged maltreatment of Nigerians in Guanzhou, China in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, blamed the maltreatment on poor communication by the Chinese authorities.
Onyeama while noting that the Chinese government insisted some Nigerians be quarantined with strict measures, the minister stressed that the videos circulating online were of Nigerians who flouted the strict measures and the measures to check them were misinterpreted.
According to him, a Nigerian national who tested positive for the virus wanted to leave the hospital after a week of quarantine and when he was restrained, he bit a nurse.
Meanwhile, China dismissed on Monday allegations levelled by African and U.S. diplomats that foreigners of African appearance in the city of Guangzhou were being subjected to forceful testing for coronavirus, quarantine and ill treatment.
Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing, accusing the United States of trying to exploit the issue to harm Beijing’s relations with African nations.
A group of African ambassadors in Beijing had written to China’s State Councilor drawing attention to the alleged discrimination that Africans were encountering in Guangzhou, capital of the southern Guangdong province.
Denying any such discrimination, the foreign ministry spokesman reiterated that China treats all foreigners equally.