People urged to contact Taoiseach to save Offaly boy from deportation

An online petition has garnered 8,000 signatures

Justin Kelly

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People urged to contact Taoiseach to save Offaly boy from deportation

People urged to contact Taoiseach to save Offaly boy from deportation

An online campaign set up to save an Offaly schoolboy from deportation is appealing to signatories to contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

The campaign centres on 14-year-old Nonso Muojeke who had had a deportation order made against him despite living in Ireland with his mother and older brother for 11 years. He arrived in Ireland when he was just two years of age.

Minister Flanagan is being asked to consider revoking the deportation order which would see the Tullamore College student sent back to Nigeria, a country where he doesn't even speak the language. Nonso's family's application for asylum was declined in 2009.

The organisers of the petition are now asking people to email Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Charlie Flanagan to raise Nonso's plight and implore them to revoke the deportation order again him.

The online 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."

Many messages of support for Nonso have also been left when people have signed the petition.

One says, "Nonso is a good friend to me and has done nothing wrong to anyone he is very intelligent and smart" while another adds, "This boy and his family deserve to stay in Ireland, this is all Nonso knows and the country they thought was welcoming and accepting is pushing them out, please help Nonso his brother Victor and their mother Chidi."

One commenter summed up the thoughts of many by saying, "Nonso deserves to be treated as an Irish Citizen at this stage. He is here since he was two years old. His life and family are Irish," with another stating straightforwardly, "justice for Nonso. His future is here in Ireland."

The petition has now amassed close to 8,000 signatures.

You can view the campaign and sign the petition by clicking here. 

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