Coronavirus: Drama As Reps Reject Motion To Evacuate Nigerians In China

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Updated February 4, 2020
Photo: House of Reps


Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected a motion to evacuate Nigerians in China following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

According to lawmakers who voted massively against the motion raised by the spokesperson of the house, Benjamin Okezie, China has better facilities to handle the situation than Nigeria.

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Despite efforts by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila to calm the lawmakers and allow Mr Okezie to move his motion, the lawmakers denied him the opportunity.

Drama ensued when two other sponsors of the bill who were meant to support the motion, declined to second the motion to be moved.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, said that there are 60 Nigerians residing in Wuhan city where the outbreak was first recorded.

The ambassador who spoke at a news briefing in Abuja on Monday confirmed that no Nigerian citizen residing in Wuhan city has contracted the Coronavirus.