The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, has warned against the maltreatment of Nigerians abroad.
Tuggar also said Nigerian sportsmen and women in the Diaspora must be treated with dignity.
The minister stated this on Friday against the background of a viral video from Napoli’s TikTok account trolling Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen, for missing a penalty kick in a match against Bologna.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Alkasim Abdulkadir, the minister said the government considered the life and dignity of every Nigerian in the Diaspora sacrosanct and deserving of respect and dignity in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
He said, “When we go about our duties, we should always remember Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
“They are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
The minister added, “Napoli did not act in the spirit of brotherhood by mocking of her star player, Victor Osimhen, who was instrumental to the team winning the Serie A championship last season.”
Abdulkadir noted that the Federal Government and Nigeria’s embassies would continue to monitor happenings not only in Napoli, but around the world on how her sportsmen and women and all other citizens in the Diaspora were being treated, and would waste no time in seeking redress of such maltreatments.