The Nigerian Government has been urged to step into the case of Michael Ikenna Nduanya, 34, the Nigerian youngster who has been sentenced to death in Vietnam for illegal transportation of a small quantity of hard drug.
Michael was sentenced to death in Vietnam for transporting a small quantity of heroin. His Vietnamese wife was also sentences to life imprisonment, according to a court official last Wednesday.
The Nigerian and his common-law spouse Nguyen Thi Hai Anh, 27, were convicted on Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City by an Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court.
He was sentenced to death on March 22 for illegal transportation of hard drugs.
The couple were arrested in December 2009.
According to the report, Nduanya had asked his wife to collect about one kilogram of heroin from Cambodia and she was arrested at a Ho Chi Minh City bus depot after returning with the drugs.
However, Nigerians across the world have called on the Nigerian government to step into Michael case with the aim of reducing the sentence.
“It would amount to a big slap on Nigeria’s face if such a life is wasted because of such little amount of drug”, a Nigerian lamented to EMNnews over the phone on Thursday.
Nduanya is the third person to be sentenced to death in Vietnam this year, according to state-controlled media reports tallied by AFP.
However, as the reported went across the world, Nigerians are urging the Nigerian government to act precisely to save Michael from untimely death, which many had said was partly caused by the negligence of the government in abandoning the Nigerian youth with their unemployment plights.
Foreign Minister Henry Odein Ajumogobia has been implored to intervene in order to test Nigeria’s own foreign diplomacy as many claimed, Michaels’ case may open up a new wave of condemnation of Nigeria as a weak nation in foreign and international relations.
“No country is perfect. The government of Nigeria is to blame for the plight of millions of helpless Nigerian youths who have been neglected for long. If this guy is executed, the government may stand the trial of Nigerians across the world who may accuse the leaders of ineffectiveness” London based Nigerian Lawyer, Alloysius Osondu Osuji told EMNnews.
Many emails were received on Thursday with Nigerians across the world pleading that the punishment far outweighs the offence committed.
“I admire the strong laws of the Vietnam and it is true that what the Nigerian and his wife did was against the law. Why did the woman caught with the drug get a life sentence?. Why not for the Nigerian instead of death penalty. This is a clear case of racism. Why different verdicts? Am shocked!”, an enraged Nigerian wrote to EMNnews.
There were 80 death sentences and four executions last year in Vietnam, according to the tally. Most death sentences in the communist country are issued for drug and murder cases.
Michael Ikenna Nduanya, 34, confessed that he had visited Vietnam in 2008 and had met Nguyen Thi Hai Anh, 27, from Dak Lak Province and they had since lived together as husband and wife.