Dr Abike Dabir-Erewa, chief executive of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Thursday, advised Nigerians, especially students, against seeking to study in Northern Cyprus.
She said the country is not recognized as a sovereign country by the United Nations (UN) and its foreign policy is largely towards Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots Living Abroad.
She said, “Please tell everybody to stop going to Northern Cyprus. Over 20 students have been killed over the years and nothing has happened.
“Think twice before going to Northern Cyprus. We can’t do much for Nigerians there. Our students are being killed daily.
“We do a lot of diplomatic engagement in Diaspora matters in Northern Cyprus because it’s being a lot of problem with Northern Cyprus.
“We did that sometimes ago and somebody said, how can you tell people not to go, and I’m saying it again, if you are going to Northern Cyprus think twice about it.
“Over 20 students have been killed over the years and nothing has happened. Northern Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey, it is not a United Nation recognized country.
“So if you run, we can’t do much, but our students are being killed on a daily basis and nothing is happening.”
Cyprus’ president is Ersin Tatar, and he is said to be pushing for strong ties with the United Kingdom, having graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1982.