The Federal Government has actually described racial discrimination in Guangzhou, China, as a red line, vowing to fight it to the very end. Speaking in Abuja yesterday at a news conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama criticized reported persecution of Nigerians and other Africans in Guangzhou.
He said Nigeria had actually made it clear to the Chinese government that under no scenarios would certainly it allow racial discrimination against Nigerians or indeed Africans or blacks in China “Now, we’ve been engaging with the Chinese government at various levels at the level of our Consulate in Guangzhou, which is where these instances of discrimination and also racism have been taking place and additionally at the government level Beijing with our ambassador and also the embassy in Beijing.
“They (the Chinese government) have in turn informed us there’s no instance of that ongoing. However clearly, we see video clips, I have actually received credit reports, and we’ve told them it’s inappropriate, and also we’re also engaging with other African countries to determine as well as interact on clear-cut actions and also steps we’ll take due to this situation.
“Furthermore, I’ve routed the Consular office in Guangzhou to systematically information every instance of discrimination and every instance of loss or damages endured by any type of Nigerian and also we’ll seek every single solitary one extremely robustly with the Chinese government.
If it needs settlement as well as problems and so on “So for us, it’s a red line as well as we are going to battle it to the actual end. We’re very disappointed due to the fact that we have exceptional relationships with the government as well as people of China, that something can occur at this stage,” the minister claimed.
“Really we’re deeply wounded by what has happened to Nigerians and also other Africans in China. Naturally, the government has given us explanations, etc.. Still, actually, it’s something we never anticipated, and we’ll pursue it to its final verdict as well as we’ll not make any type of concessions in doing so.