Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday slammed rumours circulating that Nigerians are being mistreated in Guangzhou City, capital of southern China’s Guangdong Province.
Onyeama said that Nigerians got concerned when videos were posted on various social media platforms of alleged mistreatment of Africans. However, a Nigerian businessman in the city recently posted an audio clip explaining the reality of the situation.
According to the businessman, some Nigerian citizens were confirmed to have COVID-19 after arriving in Guangzhou.
The owner of a restaurant that was popular with many Africans, including Nigerians, was also confirmed to be infected.
“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,” Onyeama told reporters.
“And if anybody came out of that Quarantine, they should not be allowed in,” he said.
According to Onyeama, the strict move was misinterpreted to “appear as if it was only targeting Nigerians and Africans’ although this was not the case.
Moreover, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nigeria had re-established the situation together with the Chinese government adding that the Consul General in Shanghai had sent a video of good will packages that were being given to all the isolated Nigerians in Guangzhou.
“I’m happy to say that we have re-established and stabilized the situation together with the Chinese government in China,” he said.