Luqman Onikosi’s story is heartbreaking. He now needs all the help he can get to prevent British authorities from sending him back to his home country – Nigeria. Kicking him out of Great Britain could end Onikosi’s life. As we speak, this kind man is chronically ill and the medication he needs to survive is not available in Nigeria, where his brothers have already passed away as a result of the same disease. Sending him back home will seal Onikosi’s grim fate.
Onikosi enrolled as a student at Sussex University in 2007. In 2009, he was diagnosed with hepatitis B and has developed a severe liver condition, which has worsened ever since. Due to his major health problems, Luqman was forced to stay at home and in several hospitals around the country – he could not work and ended up losing his VISA. He appealed the decision and asked asylum on medical grounds. Awaiting an official response, he enrolled in a MA program at Sussex University. His appeal to stay in Britain on humanitarian grounds was denied twice, without any motivation.
Rather than show support and indignation, the University of Sussex decided to revoke his student ID. His colleagues decided to take the streets to express their outrage at the university’s decision and have proceeded to occupy Bramber House, an area where important meetings concerning the decisions made by university frequently take place.
Luqman’s colleagues argue that he has been a model student and deserves the university’s full support. Outraged protesters claim that Onokosi has been an extremely active and engaged student, and has been the coordinator of the ‘Black History Month Project’ and has co-founded the ‘Hear Afrika society’.
Deporting this star student would be a huge mistake on behalf of the British authorities. This case perfectly illustrates why immigration policies in the UK are failing miserably. Furthermore, the Guardian newspaper has revealed that international students pay triple the amount of tuition fee compared to British students. How is the British society helping these people, who sometimes give out their last penny for a change to get top-notch education?
We need as many signatures we can get to stop the authorities from carrying out this unspeakable injustice! Show your support and urge authorities to stand behind Luqman Onikosi and do not ship him back to Nigeria!
Please sign the petition below and, if you can spare a few moments, get in touch with the Secretary / Home Office.
You can contact Home Secretary Theresa May using Twitter: @TheresaMay_MP
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