The federal government of Nigeria has explained that its embassy in Germany was shut down to protect the staff and also the visiting public amid coronavirus pandemic.
The government noted that the building was shut down to enable it to be disinfected.
It also explained that contrary to some allegations that the federal government has failed to pay rent for the building, the building belongs to Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday explaining the move by the federal government at a time when there are worries about Nigeria’s foreign relations following the demolition of a section of its embassy in Ghana and the protest at the Nigerian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The statement said, “It has come to the notice of the Embassy of Nigeria Berlin, Germany an attempt to deliberately misinform and mislead the innocent and decent Nigerians resident in Germany and in other EU countries that the Embassy building in Berlin was shut down due to non-payment of rent.
“The Chancery Building in Berlin is the property of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the first day. The reason for the temporary shutdown is to engage professional companies to sanitize and fumigate the building to make it safe and habitable for visitors and working staff due to the exigencies of Covid-19.
“The Embassy wishes to reassure all meaning Nigerians that it the shutdown is in deep consideration of the health and safety of staff and families visiting the Mission.”