We note that yesterday’s ‘The SUN’ newspaper featured the killing of a UK-based Nigerian, Mr Kole Sanda, who went home to Nigeria from the United kingdom and was apparently killed at a filling station in Lagos. The full story can be read at:
The Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK), the umbrella body representing the estimated three million Nigerians in the United Kingdom, mourns the death of this great Nigerian. According to the SUN, Mr Kole Sanda went home to finalise plans to set up a business that will employ about 500 hundred Nigerians in the near future. He was killed by armed robbers.
We call on Mr President, governors and all those involved in the governance of Nigeria: the Judiciary, Legislature and Executive, to quickly get to work and put in place all that is required to ensure the safety of every Nigerian, whether home-based or from the Diaspora. We ask: ‘for how long will Nigerians continue to live in fear and whose turn will it be next’?
We recall that only three days ago, in an interview published by The Punch, CANUK’s chairman, Mr Bimbo Roberts-Folayan stated that Nigerians abroad would love to come home and join their brothers and sisters in creating jobs and developing our country. However, the lack of respect for dignity of labour and lack of infrastructure discourages many Diasporans from doing so. Security of life and property is a critical factor that, when achieved, will attract very substantial investment and passionate involvement from Diasporans and international investors.
These are key areas that CANUK is actively working on in partnership with various stakeholders. Incidences of this nature are not helpful to the CANUK cause. We therefore, call on all arms of government to do all that is necessary to secure the lives of each and every Nigerian.
We will be keenly observing the investigations carried out by the Nigerian Police Force into the killing of Mr Kole Sanda and hope that the killers will be speedily apprehended and brought to justice.
The Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK).
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