In what appears to be an apparent oversight, the Nigerian Embassy in China still lists former president Goodluck Jonathan as the President of Nigeria on its official website: https://beijing.ngembassy.org/?lang=en&&page=home , rather than President Muhammadu Buhari.
The apparent oversight was spotted by Tunde Omotoye, a Nigerian Twitter user with the handle @TundeTASH, just as the country braces up to receive Chinese citizens resident in Nigeria and Nigerian citizens returning to the country due to the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus.
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Jonathan, who served as the Commander-in-Chief from 2010 to 2015, is still being listed as Nigeria’s President on the embassy’s website despite being out of power for almost five years. The information also seems bizarre as President Buhari has visited China twice during his tenure.
Also, the website is loaded with outdated information as it still depicts Aminu Wali as the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Wali occupied that position between 2014 and 2015.
The website also failed to reflect the name of Baba Ahmad Jidda as Nigeria’s ambassador to China. Jidda was appointed by President Buhari in August 2017, yet three years into his appointment, his name is conspicuously missing.
Similarly, the embassy is yet to update the website with vital information and travel advisory to Nigerians seeking to return home or Chinese citizens resident in Nigeria in the light of the Coronavirus outbreak.
A critical look at the website showed that no public announcement or release a press statement has been placed on the website since the outbreak of the virus.
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The disease, simply known as “2019-nCoV”, originated from the city of Wuhan, the capital of the Chinese province.
A total of 213 people have died from the virus, according to the Chinese health ministry. Chinese health authorities have said there were over 9,500 confirmed cases in the country as of Thursday.
The virus is also spread to at least 16 other countries.
Countries such as the United States, South Korea, Germany, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Canada, Russia, and the Netherlands are said to have placed an alert banner over the virus on their embassy’s website in China, as well as contact details for help.
The above-mentioned have also either begun or are set to repatriate their citizens from China.
The only relevant information concerning the epidemic by the Nigerian government has come from the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), which on Thursday warned Nigerians in China to be wary of the virus and follow medical advice as announced, adding that the Nigerian mission in Beijing is in touch with Nigerians in Wuhan.
In response to a Twitter user on Wednesday, NIDCOM stated that “no Nigerian has been infected and the mission has implored them to obey the rules and stay indoors”.