Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Name the culprits not the nationality



Name the culprits not the nationality

Name the culprits not the nationality

Dear Editor,

In the article published on June 10 titled "Nigerian arrested by police after scam", the name of the culprit was not mentioned and thus  a slight to all Nigerians. It was later found out that said culprit indeed is not Nigerian but from another African country. It has become a norm that any crime committed by a black man is attributed to Nigeria.  Last week, three people were arrested for drug-related offences, after which the police were unleashed upon all the blacks leading to an arrest of around 23 people claimed to be Nigerians. The arrests continued and no fewer than 40 Africans, mostly Nigerians, have so far been arrested [but] most were found only to have overstayed their visas. This was reported in most of the dailies and on the Internet.

I would like to state as the president of the Nigerian Community Association of Cambodia that, as much as we acknowledge that there are few recalcitrant Nigerians in the country, the majority of Nigerians in Cambodia are not as bad as they are made to look. At a recent association meeting, we vehemently frowned upon the actions of the culprits and called on the authorities to bring to justice whomever is arrested for committing any criminal offenses. All those arrested and found innocent should thus be released. However, we wish to appeal to the general public and the host authorities to treat individuals who are found guilty on their merit rather than generalising. The press alike should endeavour to find out the identity of such offenders rather than using the nationality only.

Nigerians in Cambodia have been contributing positively to the country's development and we wish to continue to live in Cambodia in peace and harmony and, as such, will not harbour or tolerate anyone who is going to tarnish the image of our great country by breaking the laws of the Kingdom of Cambodia.  We have so many Nigerians teaching in schools and universities, working for organisations and also doing legitimate business. Many Nigerians are playing football in the Cambodian league, and a host of others have come here to invest. The actions of a few deviants should thus not be used against the majority of the well-meaning citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria living in Cambodia.

 
Gabriel Ken, President

Nigerian Community Association of Cambodia

Editor's note: Gabriel Ken is a sportswriter for The Phnom Penh Post.

Send letters to: [email protected] or PO Box 146, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Post reserves the right to edit letters to a shorter length.
The views expressed above are solely the author's and do not reflect any positions taken by The Phnom Penh Post.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting