For some time now, northern Cyprus has been trending as a result of the reported killing of a Nigerian student by the name of Ibrahim Khaleel in an ‘unexplainable circumstance’.
Earlier this week, Monday specifically, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had urged parents to stop sending their children to universities in that country as a result of the incident. According to her, hundreds of Nigerian students had been killed in Northern Cyprus without any conclusive investigations carried out by the country’s government. In her own words, Dabiri-Erewa said, “The death of Ibrahim Khaleel should be the tipping point to a stop in the killing of our children anywhere in the world, particularly Northern Cyprus,”
“The problem is that most Nigerian parents do not know that Northern Cyprus is not recognized by any country in the world. It is not a UN recognised country. It is only recognized by Turkey. That is why we have not been able to do much. Who do you report to? Thousands of Nigerian students are schooling there and I tell you that hundreds have been killed. Who do you take these cases to? And they are killed in similar circumstances. The school just tells you they committed suicide and nothing happens.”
“We are going to list all these names of Nigerians that have been killed and we demand justice. There has been no prosecution and no compensation. No Nigerian parent should send their children to any university in Northern Cyprus. There is a collaboration which we do not understand that makes them kill blacks, particularly our Nigerian students”
In a swift reaction to Abike Dabiri-Erewa’s statement, some Nigerian students in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have reportedly faulted the statement by the Chairman of NIDCOM, saying that Northern Cyprus was safer for them than Nigeria and that there had never been any case of the killing of 100 Nigerians.
One is only left to reason which of the parties is actually correct. But certain facts speak for themselves. One is that NIDCOM under the leadership of Abike Dabiri-Erewa has been doing a lot in ensuring the welfare of Nigerians in the diaspora and in that regard have intervened in several cases of the rescue of trapped or stranded Nigerians in certain countries. Another fact is that Northern Cyprus is not under the United Nations, and that speaks a lot in matters concerning Human Rights. Obviously, in the case of any Human Rights violation, there’s no way the UN can come in.
A proper investigation should be carried out to ascertain the reasons for the alleged killings and culprits should be brought to book.
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