The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encouraged public officials traveling overseas to disclose their travel schedules to guarantee their safety and security for the ministry and Nigerian missions in target nations.
Mr Ferdinard Nwonye, spokesperson for the Ministry, made this known in a statement to NAN on Wednesday in Abuja.
we reported that this advice follows the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Aug. 17 in Nuremberg, Germany.
Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, had also threatened an attack on government officials especially those from the Southeast visiting any country abroad, placing a N1million reward on credible information regarding their itinerary.
Speaking on Wednesday, Nwonye said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned in the strongest terms the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Dr Ike Ekweremadu, who was attending the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival organised by the Ndi-Igbo Community in Nuremberg, Germany.
“The Ministry wishes to empathize with the Distinguished Senator, as well as remind all dignitaries to endeavor to bring to the notice of the Ministry and Missions their impending travel schedules.
“This is to enable the Ministry thoroughly scrutinize the security status of the organisations inviting them for the meeting, and to make adequate preparation.
“As well as concrete steps to ensure that host law enforcement agencies are on hand to guarantee their comprehensive security.
“This advice is not to monitor their activities but to ensure their safety,” Nwonye added.
He assured Nigerians, however, that the government would work with relevant authorities in Germany to ensure that the perpetrators of the act were brought to book as a deterrent to others.