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Chinedu Deportation has Exposed the Rot in Both Kenya and Nigeria

Chinedu Deportation Has Exposed the Rot in Both Kenya and Nigeria

MARCUS ONDIEKI, Nairobi

The Chinedu deportation saga has exposed the rot in both the Kenyan and Nigerian governments.

The rot in Kenya is that suspected drug dealers have been allowed to carry out business with the full knowledge of the government, and with the facilitation of politicians and civil servants including police and intelligence officers.

 

The rot in the Nigerian Government is that a suspected drug dealer counts for more than the bilateral relationship between Kenya and Nigeria.

 

It was amazing to hear Chinedu boasting that without his consent the Kenyan officials held hostage, — there is no other better term to describe them — by the Nigerian Government will not be released.

 

Meanwhile charges for the chartered aircraft that Chinedu now claims belongs to him unless he is compensated for his “investments” in Kenya continue to escalate.

 

Nigeria is playing hard ball and has put the responsibility of solving the problem on Kenya. There are both soft and hard options.

 

Among the soft options are for Kenya to apologise to the Nigerian Government for deporting Chinedu and allow them and any other suspected Nigerian drug dealer to return to Kenya where they will be guaranteed no criminal actions will be taken against them.

 

Two, Chinedu to remain in Nigeria but be compensated for his assets, which he claims he stands to lose as he acquired the assets from running legitimate businesses.

 

Three, the Kenya taxpayer can pay for the costs of keeping the hostages in Nigeria and the detained aircraft in Lagos.

 

The hard options for the Kenya include detaining a similar number of Nigerians in Kenya as the Kenyans held hostage in Lagos until Nigeria recognises Kenya is a sovereign state. If there is any Nigerian aircraft in the Kenyan airspace it can also be detained.

 

Two, closing all Nigerian banks and churches in Kenya and expelling all the Nigerian preachers and businesspeople from Kenya.

 

Three, confiscating money from Nigerian banks in Kenya to pay for the costs of the Kenyan hostages and the aircraft or liquidating the assets of Chinedu who claims that he gave authority for the Kenyans and the aircraft to be held to pay off these costs.

 

Four, closing down the Kenyan embassy in Lagos and ordering the Nigerian embassy in Nairobi to closed as the ambassador must have been very instrumental in advising the Kenyan officials and aircraft be detained.

 

Our Government needs to tell us the option it will take.

MARCUS ONDIEKI, Nairobi