This is nothing but a senseless and brutal murder of Nigerians by criminals in these countries
The identities of the two Nigerian men who were shot dead on Saturday by gunmen at the ATL Lounge in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, have been revealed. According to a GoFundMe account opened by one Adam Abdul, who claims to be a cousin to one of them, the men are Chibueze Momah (22), and Tosin Awaroshegbe (25).
In another heartrending news, the Nigerian Embassy, Rome, Italy, has narrated how a 39-year-old Nigerian, Alika Ogorchukwu, was been beaten to death by an Italian man in Civitanova Marche city area of the country.
The incident happened on Friday in Civitanova Marche city, located in the Province of Macerata, Marche Region of Italy. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the Nigerian Embassy confirmed the development.
Reacting to these sad events, the convener of Concerned Nigerians, Mr Deji Adeyanju, described the incidents as ‘seselesless and brutal murder’ of innocent Nigerians who are hustling for their daily bread which, unfortunately, their country has failed to provide them.
“This is nothing but a senseless and brutal murder of Nigerians by criminals in these countries,” he added.
“Nigeria has failed her citizens by not providing our young people a means to earn a livelihood and their daily bread. every country recognises the freedom of movement and earning a living. It’s not a crime.”
Mr Adeyanju further called on Nigerian agencies and the NDC boss, Mrs Abike Dabiri, to not just issue press statements but back their statements up with decisive actions to show that the lives of Nigerians anywhere in the world matter. He described their reactions as lukewarm and cold, adding that if any Italian or Canadian national were to be murdered in Nigeria, their reaction would be different, perhaps more robust and decisive.
Such tragedy and murder is becoming far too common for members of the Nigerian community abroad. Last year, an Italian man murdered his Nigerian wife. Also in 2019, another Nigerian woman, Benedita Dan, was killed in Italy by a male aggressor.
In 2019, Deborah Onwu, a Nigerian social worker was murdered at a youth care home in Calgary, Canada. Also in 2017, Nigerian immigrant Nicholas Ozoechi Nwonye was murdered by what police say was a random and unprovoked attack on a CTrain platform in Canada.
It is high time the Nigerian government stood up and speak out in defense of lives of Nigerians abroad looking for means of survival.