Nigeria’s lament: Don’t blame us all for a few ‘bad eggs’

Nurudeen Muhammad, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Nigerian High Commissioner to Malaysia Nurudeen Muhammad has urged Malaysians not to judge the whole community of Nigerians based on a small number of “bad eggs”.

“If 1% of our population are criminals, that’s about 2 million people already. I don’t think there are more than 2 million Nigerians who are criminals across the world,” Nurudeen said at Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day celebrations here yesterday.

Malaysians should not think that the “bad eggs” are representative of Nigeria as a whole. “In every family, in every community, there is the good and the bad,” he said.

He is confident that Nigerian professionals have a lot to offer to the world and not just Malaysia, saying that his home country is a strong trading market.

Patrick Nwabueze Okechukwu, a professor at UCSI.

UCSI associate professor Patrick Nwabueze Okechukwu said his experience after having been in Malaysia for more than a decade is positive, though there were a few issues.

“Racism can be seen anywhere,” he said. “It depends on different situations. There are times when you read and hear stories about what’s happening on the streets, you have to admit that racism does exist.”

However, he said Nigerians wanted to show that they had much to offer the world in academia, trade, and information technology.

Temitope Oladeji.

One of the attendees at the celebration, Temitope Oladeji, urged the Malaysian government to be more stringent when vetting foreign students into the country.

“Some of these ‘students’ don’t go to school and they want to do bad things,” said Oladeji.

He recommended a better system, such as thorough background checks, to prevent law-breaking foreigners from entering the country.