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Published On: Tue, Oct 28th, 2014

Ebola: Stop discriminating against Nigerians, Jonathan tells foreign envoys

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By Lawrence Olaoye

President Goodluck Jonathan has called on foreign countries to forthwith stop discriminatory checks and stigmatisation of Nigerians abroad since the nation has now been declared free of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to a statement released by the President Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan told the foreign ministers of France and Germany at a meeting in the Villa that the Federal Government was not pleased with treatment meted out to some Nigerian travelers by some countries when Ebola entered Nigeria through a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer.

He added that the President maintained that there was never any justifiable basis for the stigmatization of Nigerians since Ebola was rapidly contained in the country and never attained epidemic levels.

He told the French Foreign Minister, Mr. Laurent Fabius and the German Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier that Nigeria will remain fully vigilant to prevent the re-entry of the virus because the Federal Government recognises that the country will remain at risk as long as Ebola is active in other West African countries or any other part of the world.

Nigeria, the President assured the visiting Ministers, will therefore cooperate fully with other concerned nations to stop the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as quickly as possible.

The foreign envoys had earlier told Jonathan that they were in Nigeria to seek further cooperation with the Federal Government in the growing global effort to contain the current outbreak and continuing spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

“They praised Nigeria’s successful containment of the virus and expressed the desire of France, Germany and the European Union to collaborate more with Nigeria in helping other West African countries where the virus still remains active,” Abati wrote.

 

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