The Federal Government of Nigeria has promised to extradite Nigerians living in Wuhan, China if the need arises.
Nigeria’s minister of state for health, Dr. Olorunibe Mamora, made this known while addressing a press conference after a meeting with ministers of health of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja. Naija News Understands that the meeting was on the region’s preparedness and response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had said there were 16 Nigerians in Wuhan and that they had not shown interest to return home.
But some Nigerians living in Wuhan countered the minister’s statement, saying there were about 60 of them in the city and appealed to the federal government to evacuate them from the country.
At the news conference, Mamora said it is not a time for fear of stigmatization but for science.
“We are in touch with our ambassador in China and the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria is also in touch with the ministry,” Mamora said
“We are getting information on the condition of Nigerians in Wuhan and we are monitoring the health of our citizens, if and when the need arises to evacuate them, we will do so but we don’t want a situation we create panic, this is not time for fear, this is not time for stigmatization, it is time for science.
“Chinese government is testing everyone that is trying to leave China to ensure that they don’t go and spread the virus to anyone.”