Bissau lynching of Nigerians

THE safety and well being of Nigerians living abroad, particularly African countries, was once again, called to question after the recent lynching of some Nigerians in Bissau, the capital of Guinea Bissau.
Following the incident, which also saw an attack launched at the Nigerian Embassy in the volatile West African country, the Federal Executive Council during its routine weekly meeting, ordered an investigation into the incident.
The Federal Government did the right thing in taking particular note of this incident and making it clear that the extra-judicial killing of any Nigerian in any part of the world, much less on African soil, is unacceptable to the government and people of Nigeria.
We prevail on the Federal Government to follow up and ensure that law enforcement agents, who failed in their duties to protect the victims are brought to book and adequate recompense made.
It is high time that fellow Africans were made to know, in no uncertain terms, that Nigeria takes the welfare of her citizens everywhere serious, and that every incident of victimisation of Nigerians will be accounted for.
However, the greater homework to ensure that incidents of this nature are eliminated lies with Nigeria. The steep rise in crimes and immorality in Nigeria, which our media carry with glee to the rest of this world on a daily basis has given the citizens of this country a stigma that precedes them.
The contents of our movie industry, which are very highly sought after in the world out there also play crucial roles in branding our people, especially the ordinary economic migrants in foreign lands.
The upsurge in the violent crimes of kidnapping and child theft-for-profit has now added to the dubious rich profile of Nigerians hitherto known as fraudsters and drug pushers. When these things happen here we treat them with levity, unaware that our citizens outside our shores will be made to pay the price either because they export the crimes to other countries or they are simply innocent targets of the stigma arising thereof.
This country has drifted for far too long. A country filled with milk and honey should be the target of migrants from other countries, rather than spew out economic refugees in such large numbers, who float to less fancied jurisdictions only to be demonised, dehumanised and victimised.
A country, whose citizens are lightly lynched on the streets of foreign countries should get the message upfront, that it has lost all modicum of respect and fear.
The impending national conference must explore ways to reposition Nigeria and make her work for her citizens. It is only then that foreign countries will have respect for this country enough to allow law enforcement agents to deal with any of its erring migrants according to the laws of the land.


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