Gay Spouse Allegation: Swiss Ambassador Not Under Investigation

FG Probes Swiss Ambassador Over ‘Gay Spouse’
FG Probes Swiss Ambassador Over ‘Gay Spouse’

Nigeria’s minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, yesterday denied allegations trending in the media that the Swiss Ambassador, Eric Mayoorza, was being investigated by local authorities for allegedly coming to the country with a gay partner.

The minister who made his position about the matter known in a press statement which he personally signed said, “The government has learned with shock and dismay of a defamatory article in a Nigerian newspaper against the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Nigeria,” he said.

“I wish to state categorically that the government has no knowledge whatsoever of any of the matters discussed in the article and could therefore not have authorised anyone to speak on its behalf in respect of them.

“With regard to the defamatory article, the government has ordered an investigation and appropriate measures will be taken for any wrongdoing.

“It is to be emphasised that Nigeria and Switzerland enjoy very cordial relations.”

Reports in some local media alleged that Ambassador Mayooraz, had sneaked a Brazilian gay partner by name Mr Carlos into the country, when he was coming to take over the office as Head of the Swiss Embassy some times last year.

The report suggested that Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had already embarked on an investigation of the allegation with a view to ascertain the veracity of the rumour that the envoy from Switzerland had a gay partner living with him in Nigeria. The media report that is being denounced alleged that trouble erupt for Ambassador Mayoorza, when his supposed gay partner was denied registration as member of the Association of Spouses of Head of Mission.

But Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Akinremi Bolaji, was also said to have earlier on denied the allegation levelled against the Ambassador.

“We are aware of the development and have started investigation. It is either they have deceived us because we would never have allowed such a person to enter the country if we were aware before now.

 

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