The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the measures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
The Minister said the setting up of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 by the President was a milestone in Nigeria’s commendable efforts in combating COVID-19 pandemic.
Onyeama spoke in Abuja while receiving a delegation of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), led by the Country Head of the Organisation in Nigeria and West Africa, Ambassador (Dr.) Friday Sani.
The IHRC, in a statement, said the Minister expressed gratitude for the award given to him by the IHRC and noted that the honour goes to President Buhari, who provided the necessary response and sufficient will to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
Onyeama commended the IHRC of Nigeria for its commitment to the ideals of good governance, justice and peace around the world.
Earlier, Sani hailed the performance of the Foreign Affairs Ministry under Onyeama’s leadership.
He noted that the world today respects Nigeria especially the way it handled the interest of her citizens during this period of COVID-19.
Sani called for the fair treatment of non-Nigerians in conflict with the law, adding that such treatment will also elicit reciprocal response from other countries.
“He particularly referred to some Ukrainian citizens, who have been in detention in Nigeria for three years now awaiting trial.
Sani urged Minister to work with relevant authorities to fast track their release.
He called for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the IHRC and the Ministry to signify Nigeria’s commitment to the ideal of IHRC, which includes peace, justice and human rights.