By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
African Action Congress (AAC) has condemned continued molestation of Nigerians and forceful subjugation of Africans to Coronavirus test in a racist manner.
A statement from the party said Nigerians are targeted by Chinese authorities for selective Coronavirus test.
“This obvious selective behaviour on the part of the Chinese is unfortunate, discriminatory and racist in nature.
“We are saddened that a minor misunderstanding involving a suspected Nigerian COVID-19 patient with a Chinese medical staff would result into a xenophobic attitude which resulted in labelling and singling out black Africans in China for forceful COVID-19 test.
“Unfortunately, without confirmed tests indicating whether they are positive or negative, these black Africans are outrightly classified as positive carriers of Coronavirus.
“This attitude is not an isolated case that should be wished away. It has become a pattern by the Chinese in mainland China and abroad as cases abound across the globe particularly in African countries of how Chinese continued to exhibit the supremacist behaviour against other races.
“Talks of Chinese maltreatment of our people in their various factories and workplaces in Nigeria abound.
“This inhuman treatment is well documented by Nigerian authorities. The Chinese are in their thousands in Nigeria, engaged in all kinds of businesses but no one molests or harasses them. Nigerians remain accommodating and hospitable.
“There has not been any record of Nigerians maltreating Chinese even as Chinese nationals in the country are involved in all kinds of clandestine and illegal activities across the country.
“We’ve observed that many of these Chinese come into Nigeria with questionable and invalid documents from suspicious quarters as they head to many rural areas in Nigeria to extract solid minerals, indulge in mining and farming activities.
“That Chinese presence is heavy in mining spots across the Northern parts of this country is not a secret. The people and Government of Nigeria have maintained robust relationship with Chinese even with their xenophobic attitude.
“The Coronavirus disease itself, factually, materially and undisputably originated from China before it was exported to other parts of the world. What started in Wuhan, a Chinese city, is now being made to look as if it is imported by Africans into China.
“Despite the fact that the Chinese have a higher chance of contracting the disease than Nigerians and black Africans as proven by medical and scientific reports which are globally noted, the Nigerian Government still discountenanced this grave concern and went ahead to invite and allow Chinese medical doctors to come to Nigeria.
“ This engagement is indicative of welcoming nature of the people and government of Nigeria which the Chinese appear to have taken for granted.
“AAC calls on the Chinese authorities to stop the molestations and unjustified maltreatment of Nigerians and Africans in China.
“The party also calls on the Nigerian government to watch actions of Chinese authorities in compelling her nationals to stop this behaviour against Nigerians and black Africans, and urge government to immediately expel the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria if the molestation continues.
“Furthermore, AAC demands that the Nigerian government should commence evacuation of our citizens back home knowing how Nigerians in South Africa were massacred despite early warning signs which the government ignored. We cannot sit back and watch a repeat of what took place in South Africa to happen in China.
“More importantly, government should thoroughly screen and test all the medical supplies the Chinese authorities delivered to the country to ensure they are free of Coronavirus.”