“We will not Allow China Maltreat Nigerians” – Gbajabiamila Confronts Chinese Ambassador
Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives had a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian on April 10 over the maltreatment of Nigerians living in China.
He confronted Pingjian with a protest video in which a Nigerian was seen challenging Chinese officials over the maltreatment. He also demanded that Chinese authorities address the issues.
In some of the videos, some Nigerian citizens were protesting against being forced into another 14-day quarantine after the initial 14- day they spent for same purpose over the COVID-19 pandemic in China.
“If the diplomatic relationships between our two countries are for the mutual benefits of our citizens, then there must be respect for our citizens, and we should not compromise it.
“As a government, we will not allow Chinese or other nationals to be maltreated just as we will not allow Nigerians to be maltreated in other countries.
“The way you treat your citizens, we expect that’s how you’ll treat others. We will not tolerate our citizens breaking your laws but the crime of one citizen cannot be used to stigmatize the whole country.
“It appears that’s what happened in this case. You can’t use one brush to smear the whole wall. Whatever the reason, it cannot be used and taken out on the entire community in China”.
Responding to the confrontation, Pingjian promised to take it up with the home government even though he has not been officially informed.
“We take our relationship with Nigeria very seriously. Until we receive a full report from back home, I cannot act but I can assure you it is not a policy issue.
“We treat everyone equally but during the implementation of the COVID-19 measures in China, it is possible for some incidents; all I do is to take it back home, today I will.”
Gbajabiamila further stated that he will be expecting a feedback from Chinese authorities.
“It is better we nip it in the bud so that it doesn’t escalate to another level. So, by Tuesday, if you have the information to give us, if steps have been taken, let’s talk about it and let’s see the way forward.”
The Centre of Ethical Rebirth Among Nigerian Youths (CERANY) endorses the Legitimacy of Peaceful Protest against Police brutality #EndSARS #EndSWAT.
This was announced with a press release by Chuks Akamadu EQS, the President of CERANY.
According to his statement, “The action is patriotic and indicates a collective resolution by young people of Nigeria to see a better nation.”
However, he commends President Buhari for showing exemplary leadership as a true democrat by assuring the nation that the disbandment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was just the first step towards a comprehensive police Reform.
Chuks also urged the young people to discontinue the protest and give the government the benefit of doubt to implement what they have promised as it relates to the #EndSARS protest.
He is also proposing the immediate convening of National Youth Leaders Conference (NYLC) whose mandate would be to articulate the concerns of the young people across the country in an objective and realistic manner.
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He said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in display of 21st century police officers compliance, highest level of professionalism and best regard for democracy yielded to the call and disbanded SARS.
The convener, however, said that surprisingly the protesters still continued with their trade of protest which was uncalled-for and unacceptable.
He said that the protest was ill conceived as the advantage and usefulness of SARS was curbing crimes in Nigeria overwhelmingly outweighed their few mistakes therefore such protest could be highly demoralizing.
He explained that their solidarity march from Unity fountain to force headquarters in Abuja was intended to boost the morale of police men and women.
On his part, Malam Kabiru Dallah, the Co-Convener of the CSOs, said that most well-meaning Nigerians appreciated the sacrifices of the police in securing the country.
” Therefore, whoever see police as enemy is a suspect.”
He commended the Inspector General of Police for the creation of Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWATT) to replace the disbanded SARS.