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Coronavirus: House of Reps decides not to Evacuate Nigerians in China



Looks like Nigerians in China will have to find a way to stay safe, as the House of Representatives has reportedly decided against evacuating them.

While the death toll in China continues to increase, and other countries are evacuating their citizens, Nigerian legislators have said no to evacuation plans, The Cable reports.

A motion titled “Urgent need to evacuate stranded Nigerians living in China and quarantine them upon arrival,” was brought before the house by Benjamin Kalu of Abia State, and it was unanimously rejected.

Some lawmakers reportedly said Nigerians aren’t stranded, like the motion title suggests, and they rejected it. Nicholas Ossai from Delta State said:

China has better facilities than us to handle the virus.

House Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, urged the lawmakers to listen to the arguments before reaching a decision. He said:

I think we can kill two birds with one stone, there are many members here, and I can point to chairman, foreign affairs (committee), has children in China.

Nobody wants to bring people here to infect the larger populace. I think we should have a candid opinion, hear his motion. Don’t make your mind up based on title, hear what the motion is, hear the argument, and then we can kill it, if we are not satisfied.

After listening to the arguments, though, the lawmakers, again, rejected it.


  1. Yinka

    February 4, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Nigerian government are such a joke. Other countries (America, UK, Korea etc) are flying their citizens out out China and quarantine them in an allocated facilities for 14days to monitor them before they are been released back to their home. However our overpaid and lazy senators choose not to evacuate their own citizens from China . In my opinion this government is just useless( no planning or forward thinking).

  2. Jaiye

    February 5, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    ^^ I hope you remember to say otherwise when Nigeria decides to evacuate people only to introduce the virus to Nigeria, where we have no procedures on ground to contain it. China built a huge corona virus hospital in 10 days in their bid to contain the virus, do you really think Nigeria has what it takes to do the same ?

  3. by_stander

    February 6, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    I don’t want corona-virus in Nigeria or anywhere near me and a part of me is satisfied to hear this.

    But because something makes one feel good or sounds good, doesn’t necessarily mean its good. in my opinion, as an intelligent specie we have to think carefully of things we do.

    a) Have you called the expert medical/health/research professionals in Nigeria to assess the situation?

    b) Have you contacted the Nigerian embassy in China and all the Nigerians there in China to tell you what they might need to help the situation?

    and so on?

  4. by_stander

    February 6, 2020 at 2:29 pm


    We are talking about human-beings who are Nigerian citizens as well, some might even give the argument that sacrifice the few for the greater good or the many.

    But that’s all well and good, if that solves an inevitable problem like it eliminates corona-virus from the face of the earth or makes it impossible for Nigeria to ever get corona-virus.

    Because if after abandoning this people in this manner (“hear the argument, and then we can kill it”) and then corona makes it to Nigeria regardless, these rent-seekers would have made the basis on which we have a nation debatable.

  5. by_stander

    February 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Infact because this not an isolated case, that is to say it has affected other nations who have acted and demonstrated compassion in the best humane way they believe is possible for their citizens, these men of house of rep would have shown the world we are just animals and we are of zero or no value as Nigerians or even human beings.

    Not to mention that those terrorists that are killing Nigerians will feel further empowered by these rent-seekers.

    Unless we later prosecute these men for treason and reverse any benefits enjoyed by their families and friends provided by the people of Nigeria, I don’t know how you intend to restore the pillar of national sacrifice/duty, what is now the bases you are paying taxes? what bases are you joining the military to defend your nation? what bases are you even doing NYSC? e.t.c

  6. by_stander

    February 6, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Unless you want to spin it now and say those Nigerians are at fault for being in China and or maybe at fault for contracting the virus.

    I really pray and hope that “China is better equipped” or “China has better facilities” because every Nigerian should be ready to make that quote when it comes to national duty.

    These rent-seekers also forget that it is possible for those Nigerians, they are ready to abandon, to become immunized from exposure if at all they become infected and they fully recover.

    I don’t want to imagine what an aggrieved person might decide to do with that sort of power since those who are suppose to represent them are showing clear determination to out-rightly reject them now.

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