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January 25, 2005

Open Letter to Obasanjo: President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

by Ekechukwu Ogbah

To the President, His Excellency, Chief Mathew Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Mr.President Sir,

I want to draw your attention to what is happennings to Nigerians in China PR. (Nigerians in Diaspora). As a Citizen and full blooded Nigerian, I watched in utmost dismay our Citizens being treated like people that have no country, hope or future.

Mr.President,I am very proud to be a Nigerian. The country of the Golden Eaglet, Flying Eagles, and Supper Eagles. The birth place of the likes of Dick Tiger, Hogan Kid Bassey, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof. Chinua Echebe,and host of other intellectual and learned men and women. I can't denounce my God given country because of anything rather I will help in whatever little means or contribution that I can to salvage it.

Although it is our country that is corrupt, ordinary citizens are the worst hit simply because foreigners are constantly assessing ordinary citizens as corrupt. No one will leave his farmland beacuse of its overgrowth. Since you are the President of this great nation, the most populous black to the suffering of your people, your children, and your brothers and sisters are going through in the name of renewing of visas.

I read on the Internet about the oil blocks Nigeria signed to the Chinese Government and the Diplomatic ties Nigeria renewed with China. I learnt of the Memorandum Of Understanding they signed with each other, the Railways, Communication, and others contracts Nigerian Government awarded to China. I said yes! at least with these things, their mind will be soft on us. I did know that it will be the beginning of our troubles.

Chinese community in Lagos, Nigeria are living very fine without molestation or anything like that. Their visas are renewed without any problem but right here in their country, it's a different story. Our green booklet (passport) are regarded as garbage in their immigration office and by their agents. They had refused us many things. You will have your money to renew your document with the whopping amount they always ask for, and still, they reject it, causing it to expire so that they will reduce you to illegal to illegal person status and treat you as such.

We are the third largest country in buying of Chinese goods, thereby giving Chinese government revenue in terms of Commerce and Industry,(Business). Their goods and commodities are scattered allover Nigeria. Even those they refused their renewal of their visas are their doing business with them, which they send to Nigeria. Why then have they stuck to their guns in causing Nigerians to rot as illegals in China?

The coming of their number one citizen to Nigeria gave hope to Nigerians living in this country. But, nothing happened after that. Are we to suffer the sins of our leaders, if there's any at all.

Mr.President sir, I am appealing to you on behalf of the entire citizens of Nigeria living in China to use your good offices to intervene in our plight and come to the rescue of Nigerian citizens. Nigerians are everywhere in the world as other nationalities are Nigeria going about their businesses. We ask for equal treatment by Chinese authorities.

In conclussion Sir, we will very much appreciate if any misunderstanding between Nigeria and China shall be resolve and settled so that we the poor and ordinary citizens will benefit from the good relationship that will between Nigeria and China. We need the quick and immediate renewal of our papers by Chinese Immigration authorities.

Long live Mr.President,
Long live Nigerians
Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ekechukwu "Tiger" Ogbah
Writes from China

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