COVID-19: China replies Nigerian lawyers demanding $200bn as damages

Sunday, May 3, 2020

/ by Joe Adams
Chinese President, Xi Jinping 
Chinese authorities in Nigeria have reacted to a suit filed by Nigerian legal practitioners demanding $200 billion as damages for COVID-19 pandemic from the Chinese government.

Reports making the rounds on social media has it that some lawyers are demanding $200 billion as damages from China for al­leged “loss of lives, economic strangulation, trauma, hardship, social disorientation, mental torture and disruption of normal daily existence of people in Nigeria.”

Responding to the reports, the Press Secretary to the Embassy of China in Nigeria, Mr. Sun Saixiong, noted that the virus is a common enemy to all mankind and may strike at anytime and anywhere.

China, like other countries, he maintained, is also a victim and not a perpetrator, even less an accomplice of the COVID-19.

The Chinese official also held that since the outbreak of COID-19, China had in an open transparent and responsible spirit, taken the most comprehensive, rigorous and thorough measures to contain its spread and conduct international cooperation.

China, he further maintained, had in this process made tremendous sacrifices, accumulated valuable experience and made significant contributions to the global response to which the international community bears witness to and applauds.

The statement reads in part, “In the face of major public health crisis and infectious diseases, the international community should stand in solidarity and work together, not resort to mutual accusation or demand retribution and accountability. As we recall, there has never been any precedence of the later.”

Maintaining that China had been standing together with Nigeria in the global fight against COVID-19, the China Embassy Press Secretary called on the Nigeria legal practitioners to desist from attacking and discrediting other countries.

His words, “Attacking and discrediting other countries by other countries will not save the time and lives lost.

“At this critical moment, we urge that Nigerian legal practitioners should do more things to enhance mutual trust and help epidemic prevention and control in both countries, rather than dancing to the tune of a certain country to hype up the situation.”

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