PANAJI: Goans are annoyed with the behaviour, attitude and the way of life of Nigerians living in the coastal state, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said.
The remarks came at a time when thousands of students from Africa were outraged over the murder of a 29-year-old Congolese man in south Delhi and a string of other attacks that triggered a debate on racial bias. “Goans in general are complaining about these foreigners. We get people from all other countries, but in general the people of Goa are very much annoyed with their (Nigerians’) behaviour, with their attitude, with their way of life,” Parsekar said, even as police on Monday arrested a Nigerian for allegedly raping a 31-year-old woman in Assagao village, 20km from Panaji.
“I cannot generalise. But generally people in Goa are not happy with these people,” Parsekar said, adding that he regularly hears complaints about Nigerians.
Goa’s tourism minister, Dilip Parulekar, had demanded a new law to facilitate quick deportation of Nigerians, who he claimed got embroiled in criminal cases on purpose in order to extend their stay in India. In October 2013, over 50 Nigerians had blocked National Highway 17 in Goa to protest against police inaction after the murder of a Nigerian national, allegedly by a local drug cartel.