The Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria, AFRPN, yesterday asked the Indonesia Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Ural Harahap to leave Nigeria the gave satisfactory explanation on why a Nigerian diplomat, Mohammed Buba was molested by immigration officials in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and the punishment meted out to the officials involved in the matter.
AFRPN is a group made up of serving and retired Ambassadors tagged the assault on Mohammed Buba, by Indonesian Immigration officials as undiplomatic and uncivilized.
In statement titled: “Undiplomatic And Uncivilized Treatment Of A Nigerian Diplomat In Indonesia,” President of the group, Amb Gani Lawal, said the group is calling for the sacking of the immigration officials involved in the matter as what they did was in violation of Article 29 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961.
He said: “The association recommends the immediate disengagement of all the Indonesian immigration officers involved in such uncivilized manner to desecrate the age-long tradition of inviolability of diplomatic agent and their family and property as provided by Article 29 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) which states that; ‘Diplomats must not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. They are immune from civil or criminal prosecution’.
“The AFRPN commends the immediate step taken by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs in summoning the Indonesian ambassador before receiving the full report from its embassy as a first step in the series of reactions reserved for such heinous diplomatic blunder.
“Equally commendable is the subsequent step taken by MFA after receiving the missions report by inviting home the Nigerian ambassador for consultation while expecting the Indonesian ambassador to toe the diplomatic avenue by equally returning to Jakarta until satisfactory explanation and necessary restitutive steps are taken by Indonesian authorities to assuage frayed nerves.”
While the ministry is still reviewing the state of our bilateral relations with Indonesia, the group said it was awaiting a robust reaction to serve as deterrent to future occurrence of such treatment to any of our diplomats and embassy home based staffs and indeed any Nigerian citizen from anywhere across the globe.
“The position of the House Committee on Diplomatic Relations to move to invoke Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to declare everyone at the Indonesian Embassy in Abuja persona non grata, if their nation’s authorities failed to effectively explain their actions against the Nigerian diplomatic agent.”