Ensure human right protection to Nigerians in China – Speaker to China

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila has called on the government of the Peoples Republic of China to ensure that Nigerians and people of African descent resident in China receive the human right protections to which all citizens of the world are entitled which are the same rights and privileges the people of China receive in foreign lands, including Nigeria.

He made this known at the emergency session to review the Federal Government of Nigeria’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and related matters in Abuja on Tuesday, he said despite his efforts and the assurances given to the House by the Chinese Ambassador in Nigeria, there are still reports of ongoing mistreatment of Nigerians in China.

He said the House must not lose sight of the plight of the Nigerians citizen in foreign lands who suffer stigma, harassment and abuse at the hands of their hosts. “Where there are credible cases of discrimination, harassment or rights abuses against our citizens, swift and visible action must be taken by the Chinese authorities to safeguard lives, livelihoods, property and the sense of human dignity of Nigerians and fellow Africans. “Extra-judicial punishments including unlawful evictions or detention of persons of colour under the guise of “quarantine”, are not acceptable. Any abuse of human rights or departures from the strictures of international law betrays our shared humanity and calls for the most stringent and globally coordinated response if it persists”, he said.

He added that Here at home, Nigerians are immensely proud of fellow citizens, who have in the last month shown kindness and empathy beyond anything anybody could have imagined. “All over this great land, without being asked, people have extended assistance to friends, family and strangers alike, in ways big and small. “The private sector-led Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID) has raised enormous sums to assist the efforts of the federal government and state governments in providing healthcare access, food supplies and other palliatives.

Citizens have committed substantial personal resources to provide cash grants, food and medicines. “As a nation, we have set aside mundane considerations and shown that our capacity for brotherhood may well be limitless. It is this, more than anything else that assures me that we will overcome our current challenges and emerge stronger and better than we ever were”, he said.

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