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|Nigeria High Commission Supports & Promotes Illegal Nido Activities In Malaysia by moleepaiko(m): 3:41am On Apr 30, 2013|
It was recently brought to our attention that a small group of Nigerians, purportedly camouflaging to be "former Exco of NIDO-MY" distributed notices signed by one Johnfrace, including conspicuously at the entrance of the Nigeria High Commission Malaysia, at No 85 Jalan Ampang Hillir, Kuala Lumpur, to notify members that elections were to be held at the high commission on 6th April 2013 at 12 noon, "to vote for those who will represent their fellow Nigerians in meetings with host nation (Malaysia)." We are also reliably informed that the said "election" has taken place and the "elected executives" have been inaugurated at the same embassy, in the presence of some 30 or so Nigerians, an occasion which we learned was greeted by the presence of the Nigeria High Commissioner to Malaysia.
For the avoidance of doubt, and to clear the confusion imminent in the circulation of rumor with respect to such notice and activities, I write on behalf of the legitimate executives of NIDOMY to state as follows;
1. We are, and remain the only legitimate representatives of the organization called Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, Malaysia (NIDOMY), registered in Malaysia under the Malaysia Societies act 1966 as a non-Governmental Organization (NGO), with Registration number 0193-11-WKL (a sample copy attached), currently having members running in hundreds. To this effect, the 2013 update of particulars (members list, financial statements, minutes of meetings, logo and headed paper) with Registry of Societies (ROS) Malaysia was recently submitted and approved, in accordance with provisions of the Malaysia law. Similarly, we are the NIDOMY recognized by NIDO worldwide, adequately represented on the recent harmonization dialogues on Diaspora voting right and the use of common Logo & web-site by sister NIDO branches world-wide, and in the preparations for the Diaspora Day 2013. The tentative program of the 2013 Diaspora Day event we helped to develop has already been sent for approval by Hon. Abike Dabiri of the House committee on Diaspora and the Senate committee on Foreign affairs. Therefore, no other organization is legitimately registered or recognized by the Malaysia government or NIDO Worldwide or in Nigeria as "NIDO-MY", and therefore we are convinced that this group of Nigerians is impersonating our organization, to perpetrate illegal activities, in blatant violation of the law.
2. Recognizing this unlawful conduct, our investigations also revealed that this group of few Nigerians is an appendage of the dwarf "NIDO-MY" faction that the former Nigeria High Commissioner Chief Peter J. E. Anegbeh connived in conjunction with Mr Idowu to promote; a group constituting of individuals who are neither legitimately registered with us, nor do some of their members even possess the legal documentation to be resident in Malaysia. Yet, the same group of individuals continues to be promoted, patronized and recognized by Mr I. O Idowu, with the obvious support of the present Nigeria High Commissioner, in spite of a warning letter sent by our lawyers in 2011 to deter this practice. Since Mr Idowu has refused to abide by the last warning, we are left with no alternative but to take the next legal step as was laid down by the Malaysia societies act 1966 (as amended). As at press time, our lawyers have already served letters to prosecute these impersonators, joining the High commissioner and Mr Idowu as co-defendants for promoting illegality.
3. Meanwhile, we want to assure all our members that the so-called election (a gathering of not more than 25 individuals, some of questionable character from which Mr Idowu allotted to 'executive offices' of his selfish choosing) is neither recognized, nor should it be recognized by any right meaning, law abiding Nigerian in Malaysia or anywhere for that matter. The organization "NIDO-MY" is fake, Mr Idowu's selection is hereby declared null and void, as the so-called "elected" individuals are illegitimate, as we would prove legally soon. Meanwhile, we call on Nigerians in Malaysia to ignore these individuals, while urging the Malaysia public to be wary of them. This is as the insistence by Mr Idowu, and indeed the High Commission to have an Exco of NIDO of their choosing is a part of a big fraudulent scheme, which is for the selfish economic gains of Mr Idowu, the High commissioner and a few others in the embassy, at the detriment of Nigeria and Nigerians that they are employed to work for, and represent.
4. We are aware in recent times, of the racketeering of International passport applications at the embassy, in connivance with these "NIDO-MY executives" and how the process has been made very tedious and expensive, sometimes costing legitimate Nigerians between 2-5 times or more the actual costs. This in effect, has led to criminals enjoying the freedom to change their passports at will, to hide their identities to continue their criminality in obvious violation of both Nigeria and Malaysia laws, whereas legitimate Nigerians are subjected to untold hardship in pursuit of an ordinary, routine procedure. This is one of the reasons for the High commission's interest in executives of NIDO, a selfish one.
5. Similarly, we are also aware that the Nigeria High commission in Malaysia has also politicized and monetized the issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) and endorsements for scholarship applications such as Malaysia international scholarship (MIS) and Malaysia Technical Cooperation Partnerships (MTCP), etc. to Nigerians. In each of these cases (as in others too many to mention), the High commission has come up with its own rules, in collaboration with their foot soldiers ("NIDO-MY" to extort money before they make such endorsements or to frustrate the efforts of such Nigerians who refuse to play the game according to their rules. To this effect, many Nigerians are frustrated from enjoying such scholarships or endorsements, except those that are 'well connected' or financially endowed. This is another reason why Mr Idowu is particularly interested to have NIDO executives who have the blessings of the High commission, even when NIDOMY is registered as a non-governmental organization; another selfish reason.
6. Most importantly, whereas the few criminally minded Nigerians are patronized and promoted by the officers of the High Commission essentially because they can afford the money that these greedy officers demand, the vast number of law abiding Nigerians like Solomon Okolo (who was mobbed to death in Kuala Lumpur on 28th March 2013 after his friend had an accident with a local on a motor bike) and Mr Onochie Martins Nwanko (also killed in April 2012 by paramilitary People's Volunteer Corps, Rela over a frivolous accusation that he sexually harassed a woman) continue to pay (sometimes with their lives) for the illicit activities of the few criminally-minded Nigerians the Nigeria Embassy is bent on promoting and protecting. When ugly situations like the death of a Nigerian occur in Malaysia due to illegal actions of locals, the Nigeria high commission usually neither responds quickly nor comes out to make professional representation during the hot hours of such incidents when reprisal attacks by Nigerians are imminent. In fact, the High Commissioner was reported in the media on the last occasion to have escaped to neighboring Singapore for fear for his life, while other embassy officials fled to save their lives, whereas the embassy was guarded by Malaysia Police during this period of tension. In effect, the manner by which the Nigeria High commission promotes and protects the few criminal minded Nigerians here is a great threat to the larger community of hard-working, legitimately resident Nigerians, who have been stigmatized by the actions of just a few. I dare to say that officers in the High commission, like Mr Idowu do not care about this, so long as their principal objective of making steady illegal income is not compromised. In effect, all Nigerians here are thus becoming increasing victims of local stereotype and hate, due to illicit activities of a few criminal-Nigerians that the Embassy is protecting, but which the officers do not care about.
7. Lastly, it is easy for corrupt and greedy officers employed into very sensitive positions like the High commission to recruit the services of illegal resident Nigerians in Malaysia, purchase a cheap camera for recording their illegal activities and uploading these on free social media resources available online like Facebook and YouTube, just to deceive the unwary public that they are indeed carrying out legitimate activities. On the other hand, it takes responsible, law abiding Nigerians to understand the legal implications of unlawful gatherings, particularly in a foreign country, and as such to abide by the provisions of the law to register an organization for the purpose of promoting the development of their country in the diaspora and their peaceful co-existence among locals. Whereas Mr Idowu, the High Commission and their fake "NIDO-MY" represent the former, we in NIDOMY represent the later who are in the majority here. We shall not sit back and watch an insignificant few put the lives of the vast majority here to risk.
It is for the above reasons therefore, that we in NIDOMY resist any attempt by Mr Idowu and his co-conspirators in the Nigeria high commission from interfering in the affairs of NIDOMY even when our actions compromises their established illegal 'business' and threatens their illegitimate income.
We therefore urge all our members to remain patriotic and to distance themselves from the activities of this fake "NIDO-MY", while calling on any Malaysian public or private enterprise that has reason to transact business with NIDOMY to insist on being shown a legitimate Malaysia Societies registration issued by ROS before engaging into any dealings. Anyone who does business with these individuals without this clarification does so at their risk, as we also use this medium to report to the Malaysia law enforcement agencies that we disassociate ourselves from the activities of this illegal organization and cannot be held liable, responsible or accountable for what they do. This is even more true as we have already began the necessary legal actions to challenge this illegality (our lawyer's letter has been served to the embassy as at press time).
Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, Malaysia (NIDOMY)
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