A coalition of 148 civil society organizations under the auspices of Citizen Right Advocate (CRA) called on the House of Representatives Committees on Diaspora, Foreign Affairs and other relevant committees to investigate allegations of “treatment arbitrary and inhuman” of Nigerians in the Greek Embassy.
CSOs have urged Greece’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Ioannis Plotas, to investigate allegations of atrocities committed at the Consular Section of the Embassy.
The groups also noted that the head of the consular department allegedly refused Nigerians to submit genuine visa applications.
The group claimed that Nigerians allegedly denied visas included governors, lawmakers and other senior government officials.
A statement signed by its executive director, Hammed Saheed, offered the immediate redeployment of the senior consular at the Greek Embassy in Nigeria, Loannis Nikolaidis, if the allegation is proven to be true.
The statement reads in part: “Nigerians who visit the Greek Embassy on genuine business or to process their visa are treated like criminals under the direction of Mr. Nikolaidis as Chief Consular Section of the Embassy. .
“It’s pathetic and sad. The 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights advocates the protection of the fundamental rights and freedoms of every human being, and the embassy is currently violating those rights.
The coalition however deplored fundamental violations of human rights, nothing was done to reverse this unfortunate and unsavory trend.
The group further lamented that Nigerians are branded as criminals at the embassy, while some are accused of possessing false documents.
He also called the head of the consular section an ethno-nationalist, adding that such an individual is not fit for such a sensitive post.
“It is so sad that Nigerians are not treated with dignity in their own country. They drive many Nigerians out of the embassy as criminals and touts. It is sad,” the statement read.
The group therefore called on the Greek Ambassador to Nigeria to rise to the occasion and stop the act at the consular section.
The group further lamented that such negative trends, if not immediately curbed, could jeopardize Nigeria’s bilateral relations with Greece.