Lebanese ambassador walks out on reps committee on diaspora affairs

Lebanese ambassador walks out on reps committee on diaspora affairs

- Houssam Diab, the Ambassador of Lebanon to Nigeria, on Thursday, July 9, walked out on some federal lawmakers

- Diab was summoned by the House of Representatives committee on diaspora affairs

- As the hearing was about to commence, the Lebanese envoy walked out of the room to the consternation of lawmakers

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The Ambassador of Lebanon to Nigeria, Houssam Diab, on Thursday, July 9, walked out on the members of the House of Representatives committee on diaspora affairs.

Diab was summoned by the committee to respond to questions on the maltreatment of Nigerians in Lebanon, especially one Temitope Arowolo whose case went viral recently.

The committee Honourable Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, a female lawmaker who represents Oluyole federal constituency in Oyo state.

Lebanese ambassador walks out on reps committee on diaspora affairs

The Lebanese envoy and Hon Akande-Sadipe pose for a photo after the executive session. Photo credit: Lekan Olusada
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While women have full economic rights in Lebanon, 2009 figures suggested that only 23 per cent of women in the middle east country were economically active.

Lebanon was one of the first countries in the middle east to give women equal rights to participate in politics, but presently, the picture is bleak, as only nine per cent of legislators and senior officials are women, and they occupy three per cent of parliamentary seats and four per cent of ministerial positions.

Nigeria is having the same challenges, especially under the present administration.

As the hearing was about to commence, at about 10: 52am, the Lebanese envoy walked out of the room to the consternation of committee members.

A visibly angry Akande-Sadipe said she was “shocked that the ambassador will just get up and walk out on us.”

She, however, excused the media from the room and called for an executive session.

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After the session, the committee's chairperson's tune changed. She said the meeting was cordial, and the walk-out was a misunderstanding.

Since Nigeria became independent in 1960 its foreign policy, like that of most other countries, has witnessed successes and failures.

Although Nigeria hasn’t got the means and might to have a global foreign policy, experts say, to get respected by other countries, it should endeavour to take more into consideration, current trends in international relations and diplomacies such as globalization, human rights, and democracy.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has dismissed reports that over 50 lawmakers tested positive to COVID-19.

Spokesman for the House of Representatives, Honourable Benjamin Kalu, in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, July 8 said there was no time 50 members of the lower house tested positive to COVID-19, urging the public to disregard the news.

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