- Abike Dabiri-Erewa has condemned the maltreatment of Nigerians and other Africans in China
- Dabiri-Erewa who is the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission said the Chinese don't want Nigerians and other Africans in their country
- The former lawmaker, however, said the Nigerian government is working with the Chinese Embassy to address the maltreatment
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The chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned the maltreatment of Nigerians and other Africans in China.
Dabiri-Erewa said that the inhumane treatment meted out to Nigerians and other Africans by Chinese nationals shows that they don't want them in China.
According to Sahara Reporters, Dabiri-Erewa said this during a town hall meeting held via Zoom with Nigerians in the Americas on Saturday, May 9.
She, however, urged Nigerians in China to continue to demand their rights just as she also urged China to respect the rights of Nigerians.
The former lawmaker noted that there were many illegal Chinese migrants in Nigeria, who are not being singled out for maltreatment by the Nigerian government
Dabiri-Erewa added that the Nigerian government is currently working to address the maltreatment, saying she has been visiting the Chinese Embassy over the issue.
“I will be very realistic with the issue of Africans in China…what I am seeing is that they don’t want Africans in China. Some businessmen are stranded there but when you want to your home, they don’t allow you. In China, if you don’t have a residence, you can’t get a permit," she said.
She further urged Nigerians to obey the laws of the Chinese government and stay out of trouble.
“We need to build a world of peace and love. There has to be reciprocity: Respect me and I respect you, treat me well and I treat you well. They should demand their right and obey their laws too but the laws should not be discriminatory,” Dabiri-Erewa added.
In a related development, the leadership of the House of Representatives has expressed displeasure over the inhuman treatment meted out on some Nigerians by the Chinese authorities in Beijing.
The speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila expressed the displeasure at a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian on Friday in Abuja.
Gbajabiamila said that the inhuman treatment on Nigerians in China must be addressed forthwith.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported a viral video which showed Nigerians being chased around on Chinese roads amid the coronavirus lockdown.
The Nigerian voice in the video said the Chinese government is treating them like second class citizens despite the fact that their citizens are in Africa with full freedom.
The Nigerian man said that the police officials chased them out of their hotel rooms into the rain.
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