October 27, 2014 – President of Nigeria, Dr. Ebele Goodluck Jonathan has expressed concern over continued stigmatisation of Nigerians abroad even after it has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Jonathan who was addressing foreign ministers of Germany and France during a courtesy call restated the Federal Government’s displeasure about the situation, noting that there was never any justifiable basis for stigmatization of Nigerians since Ebola was rapidly contained in the country and never attained epidemic levels.
He told the French Foreign Minister, Mr. Laurent Fabius and the German Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier that Nigeria will remain fully vigilant to prevent re-entry of the virus since it recognizes that Nigeria will remain at risk as long as Ebola is active in other West African countries or any other part of the world.
He said Nigeria will cooperate fully with other concerned nations to stop the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as quickly as possible.
While responding, the visitors 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.