President Goodluck Jonathan
By Muhammad Bello
Nigerians living in Kenya no longer need to fear harassment and intimidation by security operatives in their host country President Goodluck Jonathan has assured.
The president who stated this during a meeting with the Nigerian community in Kenya emphasised that he would end the challenges of intimidation, harassment, discrimination and extortion of Nigerians by Kenyan security operatives.
According to him, the spate of illegal deportation and maltreatment of Nigerians by Kenyan authority would no longer be tolerated, saying that his administration was aware of the development and it was one of the major issues to be addressed through the state visit.
``We are aware that there were issues and that is why we are here to see how we can work with the government of Kenya to solve the issues raised.
“The Minister of Interior, Mr Aba Moro, is here because we want to sign a bilateral agreement and memorandum of understanding on this between Kenya and Nigerian which the two Presidents will preside over.
``We have a number of issues and many complaints came to us. I remember when my wife was to come here for a programme, there were issues.
``Some Nigerians were just sent back home without passing through the normal procedure, which almost created a diplomatic row between Nigeria and Kenya. But I said that Nigeria will not have to engage in unnecessary diplomatic row with any African country but to manage the situation because we have Nigerians everywhere.
``It is better we manage the development to the benefit of the two countries than going into unnecessary diplomatic issues. Of course, the President is my good friend and I belief myself and the President of Kenya will be able to solve all the problems,’’ he said.
Also assuring the people, Moro, said that one of the agreements to be signed by both Presidents was on ``humane treatment of nationals” of both countries.
``In every country there must be people who are to enforce the laws of the land, but we expect that as friendly country and base on cordial relations, people must be treated with some level of dignity
``And that is part of the bilateral agreement which we will be able to iron out and sign with the government of Kenya.
``We believe that with the signing of the agreement, the constant harassment of Nigerians especially honest Nigerians that are doing legitimate business in Kenya will no longer occur,’’ he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Kenya, Mr Akin Oyateru, had listed the intimidation of Nigerians, as among the challenges, faced by the mission.
``Mr President, Kenya is a beautiful and lovely country with a very good climatic condition.
``Many Nigerians have made here their homes as a result of work and business enterprises.