In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 10th, July, 2020

Why Lebanese Ambassador, Houssam Diab Walked Out On Reps

Why Lebanese Ambassador, Houssam Diab Walked Out On Reps

Houssam Diab

Houssam Diab


Members of the Home of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs on Thursday have been left shocked after the Lebanese ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab, walked out on them.


It was gathered that he walked out after he had arrived pondering that the assembly was going to be held indoors, however met journalists and another authorities officers, together with Zubairu Dada, minister of state for international affairs.


The sight of journalists reportedly made him stroll away.


The Committee had summoned Diab over the alleged ill-treatment of Nigerians in Lebanon, notably Temitope Ariwolo, a 31 years outdated lady, who was abused by her employers in Lebanon and prevented from leaving the nation.


The chairman of the committee, Tolulope Sadipe, who was shocked by the event, shortly known as for an government session.


Another members of the committee, nevertheless, went after the ambassador, and later, held a closed door session. 


Akande-Sadipe stated the assembly was cordial, and the walk-out was a misunderstanding. 


“It was a casual assembly as a result of the ambassador was good sufficient to affix us on the assembly. There is no such thing as a regulation that claims he must be right here immediately, however as a result of he has an curiosity within the joint relationship between Nigeria and Lebanon,” she stated. 

“It was a misunderstanding, it meant to be a casual assembly and the ambassador was not conscious that even when we’ve our casual assembly is documented. Due to the regulation of diplomacy, he wasn’t anticipating to have media there and it was instantly resolved that it was going to be an government session. The minister apologised on behalf of international affairs and he apologised on behalf of the nation and the Embassy of Lebanon.

“We have now quite a lot of Nigerians in Lebanon, we’ve quite a lot of Lebanese in Nigeria. We have now a relationship with Lebanon from the 50s so you possibly can think about how we’ve been. 

“This assembly immediately has additional reiterated the Lebanese neighborhood and the Nigerian neighborhood we at all times stand collectively to make sure that justice and respect for human lives is a precedence and we’ll work collectively to deliver modern-day slavery to an finish.”


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She stated the Lebanese authorities had additionally agreed to launch Arowolo and different Nigerians held within the nation. 

“I’m comfortable to tell Nigerians that Temitope shall be dwelling earlier than the top of the week, and so many different Nigerians who wish to come dwelling from Lebanon the chance shall be offered for them to come back dwelling,” she stated.  


She stated they’re additionally taking the chance to take a look at the case of a Lebanese who’s held in Ilorin, Kwara state capital on fees of human trafficking.”


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