The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has criticized the Polish authorities for detaining Nigerians and other African students based on skin color.
Driving the news
Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa made the criticism at the two-day Psychosocial Trauma Clinic for Ukraine returnees, having received reports that Nigerians and other African students who fled Ukraine due to Russia invasion were unjustly detained in Poland.
Worthy of note
This is the second time official reports have stated a clear unjust treatment of blacks since the war started out in February. In the first report, the authorities denied blacks access to transport out of Ukraine.
What they are saying
NidCOM chairman speaking on behalf of the federal government said that this racist act is not acceptable to the Nigerian government. She further called on the Polish authorities to free, as many blacks were in their custody.
The Big Picture
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, the federal government has evacuated about 1300 of the 8000 Nigerian students studying in Ukraine. The Federal Government also gave the evacuees $100 upon arrival in Nigeria to help them locate their families and friends. The Nigerians in Polish detention are those who could not make the rendezvous point or who decided not to return to the country.