AFRICANGLOBE – Nigeria’s Federal Government Thursday summoned the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Ashrat Salama over the maltreatment of 17 year-old Joshua Kunle Abdul-Azeez , a Nigerian medical student studying in Ukraine.
The young Joshua was made to live a nightmare for four days, August 18 – August 21 2014, by the staff and management of Egypt Air due to no fault of his own but that of total disregard for the customer by the incompetent staff across board from Egypt Air.
In a summoned meeting with the Minister of State 1 for Foreign Affairs , Prof. Viola Onwuliri , the Minister stated that the maltreatment was unacceptable while demanding from the country to bring the culprits to book.
She said ” we cannot continue like this , Mr. President demands that the lives of Nigerians should be protected abroad. We demand explanation from your country.”
“Egypt and Nigeria are friendly countries . You are not worried that Nigerian citizen was left without food for three days. I just want you to know that it is unacceptable to us and we demand apology from your country.” She said .
Responding, the Egyptian Ambassador Ashrat Salama expressed worried the manner in which the incident was reported in the Nigerian dailies.
” I was very shocked the way it was displayed in the newspapers. The issue was very very amplified in a big way in Saturday edition of newspapers. I don’t think the incident should mar our relationship with your country, ” he said.
Salama however promised that full investigation will be carried on by his country to unravel the mystery.
“If we find who is responsible for that he will be punished for that,” he promised.
Concluding, Onwuliri accepted the envoys proposal to carry out investigation on the matter , she insisted that Nigeria demanded for an apology from the Egptiqn Government.
“Just inline with what I have said I demand an explanation. So do your investigation,you get back to us with your explanation. So whatever enquiry you are making from your own end do it quickly so that will put everything behind us so that we can help the two countries . We are really not happy. ”
By: John Okeke