Management of the Huafei Chinese Restaurant in Victoria Island, Lagos, has denied discriminating against Nigerians in its service.
The restaurant called on the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) to re-open its business premises and apologise.
A statement by the media consultant Ikenna Emewu said the allegation, shared by Director-General of the FCCPC, Babatunde Irukeraon on twitter, was done in bad faith, and has been generating negative responses.
The statement reads: “The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) sealed up our business premises, the HUAFEI Chinese Restaurant, on 33, Aboyade Cole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, on March 14.
The allegation that we discriminate against and refuse to serve Nigerians or reject their business patronage is wrong. The claim by the FCCPC is unfounded and malicious to destroy our business interest in Nigeria. Prior to the punitive action, no operative of the agency approached us to clarify issues.
“We think the most appropriate thing is that the FCCPC would have written or summoned us to defend whatever allegation against us before sealing up our business premises.
“To start with, the name oif the business place or restaurant is HUA FEI and the words mean CHINA-AFRICA. That is also the business name of the operators of the restaurant. That in the beginning implies that the owner of the business, Mr. Liu Changan, popularly known in Nigeria as Chief Ronnie Liu, is one that has respect for Africans, Nigerians and all human beings; he does not discriminate anybody; the reason the company’s name has AFRICA in it.
“We ask for an apology from the FCCPC and Irukera who has scandalised and maligned us on the social media through his twitter handle when his agency did not act professionally in sealing up our business premises.”