Head of Swiss Mission to Nigeria, Eric Mayooraz was alleged to have arrived the country in the company of his gay partner, a Brazilian whose name was given simply as Carlos.
According to Daily Trust, the controversy arose when the Ambassador commenced efforts to register as a member of the Association of Spouses of Heads of Mission (ASOHOM) in Nigeria.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Akinremi Bolaji, in a telephone conversation with Daily Trust correspondent said,
“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.
We have a law, which must be obeyed by all. If we find him culpable, he will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”
The Swiss Embassy has responded to the allegations, saying,
“The Swiss Ambassador is not married. As he is not married, the Swiss Ambassador, upon request of the President of the ASOHOM, designated an employee of the Embassy, the Administrator/Intendant of the Swiss Residence, to represent him in ASOHOM, which created some misunderstanding among members.
As this designation seemed not to be accepted by some of the members, the Swiss Ambassador decided to withdraw from the association in December 2015.”