Poster for the 'Save Nonso' campaign
A petition to Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan to save a 14 year old Offaly boy from deportation has almost reached its goal of getting 1,000 signatures.
At the time of writing, the petition had 950 signatures and was aiming to reach a target of 1,000. You can see and sign the petition by clicking here
The Minister is being asked to consider revoking a deportation order against Nonso Muojeke which would see him sent back to Nigeria, a country where he doesn't even speak the language. He has been living in Ireland with his mother and older brother for 11 years. According to a report in the Irish Times, the family fled Nigeria after Nonso’s mother had been ill treated but their application for asylum was declined in 2009.
The on line petition trying to stop the deportation states, "Nonso Muojeke came to Ireland when he was two years old. He has been living in Tullamore, Co. Offaly with his mother and older brother for eight years. The family have never been a burden on the state. Nonso is a kind, quiet and intelligent boy whose future belongs in Ireland. We cannot explain to his classmates or friends why this Government want to deport him. How do we justify this? Nonso and his family are valuable members of this community. Our T.D's can intervene to save this boy and his family. They can be deported at any time."