A former Indian Minister and senior Congress leader Ravi Naik has on Tuesday called on the central government to bar Nigerian immigrants from entering India and that Nigerian students staying illegally in the country be screened for documents and deported immediately.
Referring to Nigerians as ‘negros’, the former Goa Home Minister said they have been causing “problems” in Goa as well as in other cities. Adding that those there to study should be watched strictly watched. He said:
“Nigerians come here and do “Dadagriri”, in Delhi, Bengaluru and the entire country too. We should move the Nigerians out of here… Have they come here to study? Are they really studying? Are they really going to college, schools? Are they actually going to some bogus schools or bogus typing schools, this has to be probed. It is very important.”
The minister, who recalled facing so much criticism during his tenure as Home Minister in erstwhile Congress government over his inability to tackle drug menace in this tourist State, added that the State does not need Nigerian tourists.
He said some Nigerians “did so much rioting and mischief in Porvorim in north Goa” around a year back, causing so much trouble in the city. By this he was referring to a blockade of a highway by over 55 Nigerians last year demanding immediate police probe into stabbing of one of the co-Nigerian in north coastal belt.
The Congress leader’s remark comes just days after Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar sought stringent laws to deport Nigerians and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that the people of the state are specifically not happy with them. Parulekar had said that the Nigerians create problems in Goa and sell drugs and that many Goans were not happy with the attitude and lifestyle of the Nigerians living in the coastal state.