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 during a celebration to
make Nigeria’s 59th independence anniversary.
“Malaysians should not think that the ‘bad eggs’ are representatives
of Nigeria as a whole. “In every family, in every community, there is
the good and the bad,” he said.
He was 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.
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
However, he said Nigerians wanted to show that they had much to offer
the world in academia, trade, and information technology.
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.
SaharaReporters, New York