Coronavirus: Onyeama Reveals Why Foreigners Are Leaving Nigeria Over COVID-19 Outbreak

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has told Nigerians why foreign nationals are leaving Nigeria in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He made the clarification while responding to questions at the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 which was held on Friday in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

However the minister said the exit of the foreigners does not necessarily have anything  do with the nation’s healthcare system.

He also said, they may have taken the decision to leave the country as a result of the system that works best for them should any situation arise.
“I think the foreigners who are leaving, whether there is something they know that we don’t know, I think it is a lot more innocent than that,” the ministers told reporters at the press briefing in Abuja.

He said also, “It is basically a case where people are more familiar with the health systems in their various countries and so they prefer to go to their different countries so in the event that they might have to be confined, they will be in more familiar surroundings, and they will also have access to the medical practitioners and facilities that they are used to. So that’s really the reason.”

The minister stressed that the countries whose citizens have been evacuated still have their ambassadors, heads of missions, and other staffs in Nigeria and have no planes of leaving," he added also.


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