The Federal Government has been urged to apply stiffer penalty against Indonesia for the humiliating treatment of a Nigerian diplomat by the country’s security officials.
The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, who made the call yesterday in Abuja, said the measure was to send a strong signal to the international community that Nigeria should not be trifled with.
He stated that the most populous black nation should apply no constraint in responding to the unprovoked manhandling of the envoy, stressing that no Nigerian should receive such dehumanising treatment let alone a diplomat, who enjoys some privileges while on duty to any country.
His words: “Every reasonable step should be taken, including recalling Nigeria’s Ambassador to Indonesia and/or the expulsion of their ambassador here if adequate remorse and commensurate punishment are not meted out to those Indonesian officials.”
Secondus expressed sadness that under the watch of the All Progressives Congress (APC), “Nigeria has been debased and its nationals flagrantly insulted and humiliated abroad.”
He added: “This needless insults on Nigerians must stop. I know that APC misrule has helped to aggravate this unfortunate development, but we must protect our humanity in the comity of nations.
“This ugly development is a fallout of the internal handling of rule of law in Nigeria by the ruling government, which has blatantly done things that are not within the purview of decency and law.”
The PDP chair maintained that the dignity of Nigerians abroad must be re-established, using the Indonesia case as example to other nations harbouring any such phobia against the citizens.
He pointed out that the world “is watching to see how Nigeria handles the Indonesian assault.”