By Vera Samuel Anyagafu & Prisca Sam-Duru
The head Lagos office of the India High Commission, Mrs Rani Malick has disclosed that some of the strategies which the High Commission adopted for the security of lives and property of Indians in Nigeria have so far not failed especially with those that heeded the instructions on arrival in Nigeria.
Mrs Malick who was speaking during the commemoration of India 66th independence anniversary held in Lagos last week disclosed the commission’s unalloyed services to its citizens in Nigeria.
She noted that, “ Although Nigeria is safe and progressive, the Commission has always instructed citizens to inform the embassy as soon as they arrive Nigeria”, stressing that this enables the Commission make proper documentation and give the people adequate information about how to go about their normal activities successfully without breaking the law or becoming victims of any sort of violence.
In addition, Malick disclosed that all consular services are extended to them when necessary adding that they are usually encouraged to seek the assistance of the Commission whenever the need arises, particularly when they are in trouble.
“I am a carrier diplomat, I have been in Nigeria for years and I love the Country, I love its people. Nigeria is a very good and vibrant country and I particularly feel very glad to celebrate my country, with my countrymen along side Nigerians”, Malick who was overwhelmed with excitement declared that;
“Having the presence of these young school children here to celebrate the Independence gladdens my heart and also gives me hope that we are already there. Their presence and the presence also of our Nigeria business partners, and India Universities alumni, including other Nigeria associates is an indication that Indians are progressing in Nigeria”.
Also in a statement, India president Pranab Mukherjee during the celebration, sued for peace among Indians both at home and in the Diaspora for a new economic surge which would eliminate the competitive causes of violence.
Condemning the violence in Assam state, president Mukherjee said, “it is particularly painful for me to witness the violence in Assam, our minorities need solace, understanding and protection from aggression. Violence is not an option, rather it is an invitation to greater violence”
He also stated that concrete attempts have been made to heal the wounds of Assam including the Assam accord which was conceived by former Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi that advocated a revisit of the peace accord and the adoption of the conditions presented so as to install justice and national interest.