Former Goa chief minister and senior Congress leader Ravi S Naik Tuesday kicked up a storm by using a racist slur at a press conference, where he called for a separate agency to keep a tab on Nigerians in the state.
“They (Nigerians ) are welcome to study, but their purpose of visa, validity of the institute, duration of course must be thoroughly checked by an agency exclusively created by central and state agency for the purpose. Once their education is completed, the authorised agency must see to it that they are sent back home,” he said, while accusing Nigerians students of peddling narcotics and carrying out illegal activities.
Naik alleged that “fake” institutes operating within the country were helping some foreign nationals in their visa applications to gain entry into the country and carry out illegal activities.
“They are creating problems in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and everywhere, somebody must be behind them…Central government must be strict with them or else the entire country will be addicted to drugs, especially the youth,” said the 70-year-old leader.
The Congress, meanwhile, distanced itself from Naik’s statement. Party spokesperson Sunil Kawathankar said Naik’s remark was personal and should not be seen as the party’s stand.
The BJP demanded an unconditional apology from Naik.