President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday in Abuja said he expects and hopes that Nigerians will no longer suffer discriminatory checks and stigmatisation abroad now that the World Health Organisation, WHO has certified the country free of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
He said this when Foreign Ministers of Germany, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and France, Laurent Fabius visited the Presidential Villa. Jonathan restated the Federal Government’s displeasure over the stigmatisation of Nigerians by some countries after the Ebola virus entered Nigeria in July through a Liberian traveller, Jerry Sawyer.
The President 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 the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius and the German Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier that Nigeria will remain fully vigilant to prevent the re-entry of the virus because the 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.
He assured the Ministers, that Nigeria will therefore cooperate fully with other concerned nations to stop the current outbreak of the virus in West Africa as quickly as possible.
The Ministers told Jonathan that they were in Nigeria to seek further cooperation with Nigeria in the growing global effort to contain the current outbreak and continuing spread of virus.