The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, has said that few Nigerians agreed to return home from Tunisia, following that country’s president’s remarks on February 21.
Tunisian President, Kais Saied, at the meeting of Tunisia’s National Security Council, called for urgent measures against sub-Saharan migrants.
NAN also gathered that Saied urged Tunisian security forces to halt illegal immigration and described the migrant influx as a conspiracy to change the country’s democratic makeup.
Chairman of NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, however, on her official Twitter account, @abikedabiri, on Monday said Amb. Asari Allotey, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Tunisia, was in consultation with the Nigerian Community.
“Here is an update on the situation in Tunisia, where blacks have been victims of racial attacks. Our ambassador is in consultation with the Nigerian community, on a decision on evacuation.
“Those that have agreed to return to Nigeria are very few and the mission is working with the IOM to arrange tickets for them.
“The many others want to wait it out, praying it will soon pass, following the intervention of the AU and the African Group of Ambassadors.
“Though we don’t really have a large community of Nigerians in Tunisia as many of them are those rescued from the Mediterranean after a failed attempt to cross from Libya, the mission will update if they do request to return.”
Meanwhile, NAN gathered that the Tunisian president, however, denounced making racist comments.