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Nigeria condeming mistreatment of Africans in China

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THE federal government through the Foreign Affairs Minister has demanded that China curtail mistreatment of Nigerians in her commercial city of Guangzhou.

  Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama on Thursday invited the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Zhou Pingjian to communicate the government’s extreme concern at allegations of maltreatment of Nigerians in Guangzhou and called for immediate Chinese government’s intervention.

  Online rumours that the coronavirus was spreading among the thousands of Africans in the city led to door-to-door testing, evictions and accusations of forced quarantine. “We have no house, no food, no hotel,” one student from Nigeria told the BBC.

  “There are up to 100 people still on the streets. People want to go back to our countries. I don’t know what the problem is with China. Everywhere that Africans live they are pushing us away.”

  Guangzhou is home to one of China’s largest African communities and has become a hub for African traders buying and selling goods to the continent.

  The Nigerian foreign ministry has also confirmed that efforts are underway to evacuate stranded Nigerians who wish to return home.

  Head of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has disclosed that thirteen Nigerians have so far died overseas as a result of the COVID-19. She made this known on Thursday evening via a video containing the names, pictures and c ountries of residence of the departed compatriots.

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