BY LEVI JOHNSON
Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Zhou Pingjian has on Tuesday in Abuja explained the reasons the Chinese in Guangzhou, China meted such cruel act against Nigerians.
Pingjian said the prevalence of the COVID-19 disease among Foreigners, especially Nigerians and other Africans necessitated the action.
He explained that the Nigerians and other Africans were found to be more vulnerable given the number of those tested positive to the virus.
The envoy, however, agreed with Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama that the measures deployed to contain the importation of COVID-19 which led to the mistrust were not properly communicated.
Pingjian and Onyeama briefed journalists on the alleged maltreatment of Nigerians stranded in China in a video which has gone viral.
The envoy said according to the current statistics of the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Guangzhou, Nigerians and other Africans were most vulnerable, hence the measures were meant to protect them.
He said the Chinese has a zero-tolerance for discrimination.
Besides, he said Nigeria is a good friend of China and therefore would not do anything to destroy that relationship