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Mistreatment of Africans in Guangzhou: Nigerian Politican says African leaders silent because of loans and grants from China

Mistreatment of Africans in Guangzhou: Nigerian Politican  says African leaders silent because of loans and grants from China 

For about a week, Africans have called on their leaders to act now and put an end to the reported discrimatory policies against African nationals in China. 

Videos showing the recent mistreatment of Africans living in the Chinese city of Guangzhou have been circulating on broadcast and social media in recent days.

Africans in Guangzhou, say they have been subject to unfair treatment. Some have been evicted by landlords or rejected by hotels, and some even left homeless.

They are being blamed for a second wave of the novel coronavirus outbreak there. 

Some African officials however, have reacted strongly to the recent reports of discrimination in China against Africans, but this is not enough. Some Africans want their leaders to act. 

Femi Fani-Kayode, a Nigerian politician says billions of dollars in loans and grants from China over the last years has silenced African leaders. 

“Now you know why no African leader can speak out against the evil of China! Billions of dollars in loans and grants over the last few years have silenced their tongues,” he said in a tweet. 

“The burden and yoke of the Chinese on the entire world gets tighter by the day and it is squeezing the life out of Africa. Worse of all is the fact that they are totally and completely racist and they view Africans as being little better than animals,” he added 

China donates to Nigeria amid coronavirus outbreak 

China last Friday delivered over 91,000 USD and protective medical supplies to Nigeria to help in its fight against COVID-19.

A team of Chinese medical professionals on April 9 arrived at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Nigeria flying in medical equipment worth about 1.5 million US dollars.

On April 15, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama revealed that ineffective communication is responsible for the recent alleged assault on Nigerians and other Africans by the Chinese in Guangzhou City.

Clarifying the trending videos showing maltreatment of some Nigerians, he explained that the Chinese were rather trying to contain further spread of COVID-19 by some Nigerians, who already tested positive for the virus but had declined isolation.

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