The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has disclosed the major reasons foreigners are leaving Nigeria over the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
While responding to questions at the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 on Friday in Abuja, Onyeama stated that their exit does not necessarily have anything to do with the nation’s healthcare system.
In his words, “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 briefing.
“It is basically a case where people are more familiar with the health systems in their various countries and so prefer to go to the various 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 that they are used to and, of course, facilities that they are used to. So that’s really the reason.”
Onyeama stressed that the countries whose citizens have been evacuated still have their ambassadors, heads of missions, and other staff in Nigeria and have no plans of leaving.