Lebanese ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab shocked Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday when he staged a walkout.
Diab stormed out of the floor of the Conference Room 236, New Building, House Wing of the National Assembly complex where he was to meet the House Committee on the Diaspora.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Zubairu Dada was also present at the meeting while Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Julie Okah-Donli; officials of the Federal Ministries of Justice and of Labour, Employment and Productivity as well as Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, among others were also there.
The ambassador expected a closed-door meeting but met journalists in the conference room in what looked like an open door session.
He walked out of the room in anger and was followed by some lawmakers.
Chairman of the committee, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, had said she was shocked that the “ambassador will just get up and walk out on us”.
“It was an informal meeting because the Ambassador was nice enough to join us at the meeting. There is no law that says he has to be here today but because he has an interest in the joint relationship between Nigeria and Lebanon.
“We have a lot of Nigerians in Lebanon and we have a lot of Lebanese in Nigeria. We have a relationship with Lebanon from the 50s.
“This meeting today has further reiterated that the Lebanese community and the Nigerian community always stand together to ensure that justice and respect for human lives is a priority, and we will work together to bring modern-day slavery to an end.”
The House Committee on the Diaspora has been holding meetings with officials of foreign countries to discuss the situation of Nigerians in their countries. A Nigerian, Temitope Arowolo has been in detention in Lebanon, with the Lebanese government revealing it will release her soon.
A Lebanese man also charged with human trafficking in Ilorin is also set to be released by the Nigerian government.