Goans are annoyed with Nigerians, says Goa’s chief minister, Laxmikant Parsekar


Amidst the raging controversy over protests by African nationals because of recent attacks on them, Goa chief minister, Laxmikant Parsekar has said that people in is state were ‘annoyed’ with the behaviour, attitude and way of life of Nigerians.

Speaking to IANS, Parsekar said that he was getting complaints against Nigerians in living the coastal state, on many occasions from local residents.

“The 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. I cannot generalise. But generally people in Goa are not happy with these people.”

A file photo of Nigerians protesting in Goa

Parsekar’s comments ccame as police in the state arrested a Nigerian on Monday for allegedly raping a 31-year-old woman in Assagao village, 20 km from Panaji.

On Monday, Goa’s Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar had demanded a new law to fast-track deportation of Nigerians, who he claimed got embroiled in criminal cases on purpose, in order to extend their stay in India.

“Nigerians create problem not just in Goa, but in the entire country. Nigerian students come to Goa and India to study, they get an FIR filed (against them), make it a judicial matter and they try to stay in India or Goa and indulge in drugs and other unwanted things,” Parulekar had said.