Minister apologises to Nigerians abroad for poor treatment at embassies
10 May 2017 National
Hajia Kadijah Abba-Ibrahim, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on Tuesday tenders apology to Nigerians who might have been treated poorly by some staff of Nigeria’s embassies.
The Minister tendered the apology in Abuja when a delegation of Ibgo World Union visited her.
The group had earlier, described service delivery at most of the countries embassies abroad as; “disgusting and non-charlatan”.
Abba-Ibrahim noted that the embassy of every country represents its face in the international community, saying that it was unfortunate that Nigerians were complaining of treatment the received at some of the country’s embassies.
“We have to sensitise these members of staff, because this is not the first time such complaint is coming up.”
“If Nigerians are complaining of our embassies, then we have a very long way to go.”
“I apologise to every of our citizens that have had course to complain about our embassies. We will handle this issue and take it up with all seriousness,” she said.
She, however, said that since the Foreign Affairs Minister visited South Africa following the xenophobic attack on Nigerians, there had been less complains of molestation of our nationals in that country.
The minister assured that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring the protection of Nigerians in their host countries.
She maintained that the world was a free place for everyone to live in, adding that Nigerians were abroad to make a living like any other national.
“Nobody has the monopoly of space in the world, where you find yourself and wherever God takes you to is where you call home,” she said.
She, however, stressed that Nigerians should continue to be good ambassadors wherever they find themselves in the world.
The minister commended the group and particularly the industrious nature of the Igbos and urged other tribes in the country to emulate them.
She tasked the group to use their positions abroad to attract foreign investment to Nigeria, adding that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure conducive business environment.
“The environment is gradually becoming more secured, corruption is becoming less and anti-social activities that destroys our country is becoming a thing of the past.”
“We have to believe in ourselves, our country and our Made in Nigeria goods if we want to progress,” she said.
Earlier, Dr Mishak Nnanta, Secretary of the group charged the ministry to ensure the protection of Nigerian citizens across the world and facilitate the airlift of those in troubled nations.
He stressed that there was need for “Ndigbo to support the Buhari administration and give him maximum cooperation to enable him deliver on his campaign promises.”
Nnanta expressed optimism that the ministry would be used as a platform to unite Africans and showcase Nigeria`s heritage and diversities to the world.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Igbo World Union is a pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation with branches across the world.
It is geared to building bridges with all countries of the world, while championing the socio-cultural diplomacy of Ndigbo and suing for unity, socio justice, transparency, peaceful co-existence and equity.