Minister of Foreign Affairs decries mistreatment of Osimhen by Napoli

*Photo: Victor Osimhen*

Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, has decried the mistreatment of Victor Osimhen, by his club, Napoli.


He said Nigerian sportsmen and women in the diaspora must be treated with dignity.

This was contained in a statement issued by Alkasim Abdulkadir,  Special Assistant on Media and Communications Strategy to the Minister made available to journalists on Friday.

He said the Minister made the assertion Friday morning against the background of a viral video trolling Super Eagles star and forward, Victor Osimhen over missing a penalty kick in a football match against Bologna.

The matter Ambassador Tuggar said falls under the 4Ds Strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also known as the Tinubu doctrine it mainstreams Democracy, Development, Diaspora and Demography as part of its outward-looking objectives.

The Diaspora component considers the life and dignity of every Nigerian in the Diaspora sacrosanct and deserving of respect and dignity by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“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”

He further stated that by the foregoing “Napoli did not act in the spirit of brotherhood by the mocking of her star player after Osimhen had helped the team to win the Serie A Championship last season”.

“The Nigerian government shall continue to monitor happenings not only in Napoli but around the world on how sportsmen and women are treated and all other citizens of the Nigerian diaspora and will waste no time in seeking redress for such mistreatments,” the statement added.

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