The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has expressed displeasure over the discriminatory checks and stigmatisation of Nigerians abroad even after the World Health Organisation (WHO) had certified that Nigeria is Ebola-free, demanding an end to it.
- Jonathan says there is no justification for the stigmatisation of Nigerians
- He told Foreign Ministers of Germany and France that Nigeria will support efforts to contain Ebola in other West African counties
- Nigeria remains at risk as long as Ebola is active in other West African countries
- Over 4,500 deaths have been recorded since outbreak
In a meeting held on Monday in Abuja with the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and France, Mr Laurent Fabius, President Jonathan said he had hoped that with the WHO declaration Nigerians would no longer suffer the stigmatisation.
A statement by spokesman for the President said Jonathan maintained that there was never any justifiable basis for the stigmatisation of Nigerians since Ebola was rapidly contained in the country and never attained epidemic levels.
He told Mr Fabius and the German Foreign Minister, Dr Steinmeier that Nigeria would remain fully vigilant to prevent the re-entry of the virus.
“The Federal Government recognises that the country will remain at risk as long as Ebola is active in other West African countries or any other part of the world.”
Ending Ebola in West Africa
Nigeria, President Jonathan 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.
The Ministers told the President that they were in Nigeria to seek further cooperation with the Federal Government in the growing global effort to contain the current outbreak and continuing spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.
They praised Nigeria’s successful containment of the virus and expressed the desire of France, Germany and the European Union to collaborate more with Nigeria in helping other West African countries where the virus still remains active.
Nigeria was declared Ebola-free on October 20, 42 days after the last patient was certified Ebola virus negative.
Over 4,500 deaths have been recorded since the outbreak began in March.