The Chinese embassy in Nigeria has disclosed that contrary to reports, Nigerians residing in Wuhan, the Chinese city where coronavirus broke out are 60 in number and not 16 as earlier claimed by Lai Mohammed, minister of information.
Zhou Pingjian, Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, made the disclosure at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, February 3, The Cable reports.
Pingjian said the Nigerians in Wuhan were adhering to the advisory issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He said the Nigerian embassy in China was in communication with Nigerians in the Chinese city.
The ambassador said the Chinese government is taking steps to keep both Chinese citizens and foreign nationals, including Nigerians safe.
He also said there might be 40,000 or 50,000 Chinese nationals in Nigeria and that most of them are in Lagos.
The Chinese envoy said Chinese nationals to follow the travel advisory issued by the World Health Organisation.
Meanwhile, following the government’s assurance that coronavirus can be contained if it finds its way into the country, Nigerians have claimed that they don’t trust the federal government over it. This was contained in response to polls conducted by Legit.ng on Twitter and Facebook.
Among Facebook users, 82% of Nigerians said they don’t trust the FG in containing the spread of the virus while only 18% back the government to contain it.
On the other hand, the majority of respondents on Twitter also said they don’t trust the FG. Specifically, 63% say they don’t trust the FG while those that trust the FG and those who are unsure share the same 15%.
Still on health, the WHO on Friday, January 31, listed Nigeria among high-risk African nations for the Coronavirus.
WHO said that the African countries included in the list have direct links as well as a large number of travels to China and as such, have a high tendency of persons contacting the virus.
African nations on the list include Algeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and Zambia.
In another report, the chairman of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri, received two Nigerians with the names Adams John and Victor Obialu at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday, January 31.
The two Nigerians had before their arrival in the country spent six months in prison in Kenya after they overstayed their visas.
According to NIDCOM, the chairman of the commission appealed to Nigerians to always obey the laws of whichever country they are residing as the consequences of doing otherwise could be dire.