The Central government should “ban” Nigerians from entering India, former Goa Chief Minister Ravi Naik has demanded, adding that the state does not need Nigerian tourists.
Referring to Nigerians with the pejorative “negroes”, the senior Congress leader also told reporters that Nigerians have been causing “problems” in Goa as well other metros.
“The Central government should ban Nigerians,” Naik said.
Naik also said that even the Aam Aami Party leaders had a fight with Nigerians in Bengaluru.
“They create problems everywhere… We do not want Nigerian tourists,” Naik said demanding a probe into the activities of Nigerians in Goa, who he alleged masquerade as students.
It is not the first time Goa ministers both former and present have jumped the gun and created a stir with their comments.
Recently state tourism minister Dilip Parulekar was in the eye of a storm after he alleged that the Nigerian nationals intentently committed crime to prolong their stay in the country. “The Nigerian problem (visitors) is not just the problem in the state but across the country. They come here to study, but purposely commit offence, get an FIR registered against themselves and impending judicial proceedings prolong their stay in the country. Meanwhile they continue to involve in drugs and anti-social activity, but the law is not equipped to take quick action against them,”Dinesh Parulekar said.
The statement of the minister apparently came a day after a local woman complained to the authorities that two Nigerians nationals, in the pretext of asking for lift, stopped her vehicle at Parra and at a knife-point forced her to a room at Assagao and raped her. The jurisdictional Mapusa police later said that they intercepted the duo, who were trying to flee to Maharastra and have arrested them under provision of Indian Penal Code.