The Chairman and CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa has condemned the Polish government for detaining Nigerians and other African students who fled the war in Ukraine for safety in neighboring Poland, saying it is wrong and traumatic.
Dabiri-Erewa made this known at the commencement of a two-day Psychosocial Trauma Clinic for Ukraine returnees organised by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NiDCOM and Project Victory Call Initiative, aka PVC-Naija on Thursday in Abuja.
“Some Africans and Nigerians decided not to return home, now Polish authority is going around and capturing Blacks and putting them in detention camps.
“So, those Nigerians who refused to return are at a risk; some are in detention centres in Poland and they are in a traumatic condition.
“However, in as much as Nigeria has given them the opportunity to come back home and they refused, it does not mean the Polish authority will grab them and put them in detention centres,” she said.
She also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for making it possible for the stranded students to return home.
“Imagine we are not able to bring them back home – look at what is happening in Poland? The Federal Government is now calling on the Poland authority to release the Blacks in their custody.
”It is not right for them to detain the Blacks because they decided to take cover in their country (Poland),”
Dabiri-Erewa accused the Polish country of racism, stressing the fact that the Europeans were not subjected to such maltreatment.
“They are not putting the Whites in those detention centres, so, send them back to their countries instead of capturing them in detention centres which is the height of racism in a war situation,” she noted.