Two-hundred and sixty-eight Nigerians who have been stranded in China have arrived Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, all the Nigerians who just returned will be put on the 14-day quarantine stipulated by Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
“268 stranded Nigerians arrive Abuja airport about 2.30 pm today , from China. They will be proceeding for the mandatory 14-day quarantine,” Dabiri-Erewa said.
— Laila Ijeoma | Lailasnews.com (@LailaIjeoma) May 30, 2020
Recall that in April, there were videos in circulation on how Nigerians were being abused and maltreated in China over the suspicion that they might have contracted the coronavirus.
Speaking at the media briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on April 23, 2020, Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, had said;
“We’ve made it known to the Chinese government in no uncertain terms that under no circumstances will we accept racial discrimination against Nigerians or indeed Africans or blacks in China; that is a red line for us,” he said.
“They have in turn told us that that there is no case of that ongoing but clearly, you know, we are seeing videos. I have received reports and we’ve told them it’s unacceptable and we’re also engaging with other African countries to decide and work together on definitive steps and measures that we will take because of this situation.”