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President concerned at locals' discrimination abroad

28 October 2014, 09:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the discriminatory checks and alleged stigmatization of Nigerians over the outbreak of the Ebola disease.

According to a statement by the presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, Jonathn made the condemnation at an audience with the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France who called on him at the Presidential Villa.

He said Jonathan restated the Federal Government’s displeasure over the alleged stigmatization of Nigerians by some countries after the Ebola virus, which entered Nigeria in July through a Liberian traveller, but has since been eliminated.

“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan expects and hopes that Nigerians will no longer suffer discriminatory checks and stigmatization abroad now that the World Health Organisation has certified that the country is Ebola-free,” Abati quoted the President as saying.

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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,  Laurent Fabius, and the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier,  that Nigeria will remain fully vigilant to prevent the re-entry of the virus.

This was because the Federal Government recognized that the country would remain at risk as long as Ebola was active in other West African countries or any other part of the world.

The President also assured the visiting ministers that Nigeria would cooperate fully with other concerned nations to stop the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as quickly as possible.

- CAJ News


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