5 years after election defeat, Jonathan still Nigeria’s President in China


The Nigerian Embassy in China, under the leadership of Ambassador Baba Ahmad Jidda, still has former President Goodluck Jonathan on its website as Nigerian President despite been replaced by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015.

Also, Aminu Wali still appears as Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position he occupied between 2014 and 2015 and there is no information or advisory for Nigerians on the deadly Coronavirus currently ravaging parts of China.

Jonathan’s picture can be found on the website under “About Us” (section https://beijing.ngembassy.org/?lang=en&&page=aboutus) and Aminu Wali on the website’s homepage (https://beijing.ngembassy.org/).

Although the embassy was without an ambassador for more than three years, Buhari in August 2017 appointed Ambassador Baba Ahmad Jidda, OFR, as the head of the embassy.

Three years after his appointment, Jidda’s name is conspicuously missing. A search of the website did not return any result for him.

With very old updates on the website, it is unsurprising that Jidda nor his office has not made any public announcement or release a press statement since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus to Nigerians in China.

Countries such as the U.S., South Korea, Germany, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Canada, Russia, and the Netherlands have kick started arrangements to repatriate their citizens from China. Even South Africa has joined the fray.

Although the Nigerian government through different agencies have put out plans to prevent the deadly virus, there are no communication around repatriating Nigerians in China. However, the Lagos State Government has said travellers from China will be quarantined for about two weeks after arrival in Nigeria.