It's my mistake to call Nigerians a cancer: Minister

PTI, PANAJI | 07 November 2013 21:36 IST

Goa's art and culture minister Dayanand Mandrekar on Thursday apologised for calling Nigerians a "cancer".

"It's my mistake to make such statement. I apologise," Mandrekar told reporters here.

However, the minister said what Nigerians did in Goa is also wrong.

After last week's murder of a Nigerian in Mapusa, a group of 200 Nigerians had blocked a major high way in the state and clashed with the police and locals.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar then ordered the police and officials to identify Nigerians who are illegal residents of the state and said they must be deported.


"I never imagined that there would be such a problem due to my statement," Mandrekar said.

Talking to PTI on Sunday, the minister had called Nigerians a "cancer" and their actions as detrimental to the tourism industry. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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It was parrikars mistake to make this person art and culture minister.

- Brian, usa | 10 th November 2013 14:47


Mr Mandrekar may have used the wrong words. But the Drug trade and the traders be it Indian or Foreign are a cancer to our once beautiful Goa. Eradicate the disease and Goa will one day regain its beauty.

- D Fichardo, Margao | 09 th November 2013 23:01


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