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‘We’ve resolved maltreatment of Nigerians with Chinese officials’, Gbajabiamila

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday said Nigerian and Chinese officials have resolved the issues of ill-treatment of Nigerians in China especially in the city of Guangzhou over alleged Covid-19 testing failures.

Gbajabiamila spoke with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian on Wednesday after receiving a feedback on their earlier engagement last week.

“I’m glad the matter of maltreatment of Nigerians in China has been sorted out between both countries”, Gbajabiamila said in a social media post after the meeting.

“The (Chinese) Ambassador has communicated his findings and we hope that moving forward communication will be swift and clear and due process will be observed even where there are allegations of wrongdoing by citizens of other countries.

Speaker Gbajabiamila said “it is important that we follow up on this and Nigerians can legitimately go about their business in the People’s Republic of China.”

The parliamentary leader also spoke with the Nigerian diplomatic official assaulted by some Chinese authorities while defending the rights of his citizens.

“I spoke with the Acting Consul General, Mr Razak Lawal whose robust defence of the rights of Nigerians in China went viral and I salute the gentleman diplomat for his dedication to duty and his patriotism”, Gbajabiamila said.

Gbajabiamila heads the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Nigeria’s bicameral National Assembly. The Senate is the upper chamber.

The House of Representatives has 360 members who are elected in single-member constituencies using the plurality system while the Senate has 109 members elected based on equal representation of 3-Senators per state.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila with Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian in Abuja on Wednesday after the meeting.

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