A drama played out at the venue of a meeting called by the House of Representatives on Thursday when the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria , Mr Houssam Diab , staged a walk – out .
Diab , shortly after entering Conference Room 236 , New Building , House Wing of the National Assembly complex , walked out on the Committee on Diaspora Affairs who he was to meet .
Also at the meeting were the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs , Mr Zubairu Dada ; 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 .
It was learnt that the ambassador was expecting a closed – door meeting with the lawmakers but met other government officials and journalists at the venue .
Miffed by what he saw, Diab walked out of the venue at around 10 . 50 am as the meeting was about to start in the open .
Chairman of the committee , Tolulope Akande -Sadipe , had said she was shocked that the “ambassador will just get up and walk out on us ”.
While some lawmakers and officials followed the ambassador , the committee called for a closed -door session , sending journalists, security men and aides out of the venue.
Emerging from the meeting , Akande -Sadipe said , “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 50 s …
“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 committee has been meeting with stakeholders on the harassment , intimidation and tracking of Nigerians in other countries , especially on the case of Temitope Arowolo in Lebanon.