Abuja - The Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Mr Aminu Wali, on Friday in Abuja cautioned foreign diplomats against making "inflammatory remarks and reckless statement" against the Nigerian government
on matters of domestic policy.
Wali handed down the warning at an interactive session with
members of the diplomatic corps.
"The Federal Government has noted with deep concern that
some heads of missions are in the habit of criss-crossing the country and
making inflammatory and reckless statements against the government on matters
of domestic policy.
"This is unacceptable interference in Nigeria’s internal
"Such envoys are advised to respect the sensitivity of
Nigerians and the mood of the time,’’ he said.
The minister, who did not name the envoys involved in the
meddling, thanked countries that had shown support in Nigeria’s fight against
Boko Haram terrorists.
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"We are confident that the outcome of the ongoing ceasefire
negotiations would bring the deadly scourge to an end.’’
Wali also told the session that preparations for next year’s
general elections had reached advanced stage, reassuring the envoys of
government’s commitment to conducting free, fair and credible elections.’’
was dominated by discussions on the control of Ebola virus in Nigeria and
ill-treatment of Nigerians travelling abroad by some foreign countries.
The minister protested the maltreatment of Nigerians, in
spite of the country’s certification as Ebola-free by the World Health
Organisation (WHO) on Oct. 20.
For the first time, the ministry named the countries where
it said it had received reports of discrimination and stigmatisation against
Nigerians, due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The Ebola outbreak, which has hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra
Leone the hardest, has killed no fewer than 4900 people out of over 12,000
cases, according to WHO.
The countries discriminating against Nigerians are Bahrain,
Cote d Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Cuba, Gabon, China, Egypt, Hong
Kong, Kuwait, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Zambia.
Others are Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa,
United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Namibia, Seychelles and South Sudan.
After the meeting the minister personally
shook hands with all the envoys, apparently to demonstrate that there was no
basis for discrimination against Nigerians over Ebola.
He pledged that Nigeria was willing to share its experience
at successfully controlling the Ebola virus with the rest of the world.
Members of the diplomatic corps observed a
minute silence in honour of the Sudanese Ambassador, Dr Tagelsir Ali, who died
in Abuja last Friday.
The diplomats also paid tribute to Mr Michael Scott, husband
of the Jamaican High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mrs Ann Scott, who died on
Tuesday in Abuja.