President Buhari’s interview with the Telegraph was meant to provoke reactions, and it has achieved just that.
It is clear that President Buhari has issues with Nigerians denial about what is obvious – the fact that the nation’s image is tainted with the amount of criminal activities going on. We worked so hard to cover it up by presenting skewed image, but ‘aso ko ba omoye mo, omoye ti rin ‘hoho w’oja (cat is out of the bag).
The bits that get Nigerians upset:
“Some Nigerians claim is that life is too difficult back home, but then again some Nigerians have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in different prisons all over the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking…” PMB
I know PMB has a tough job and given his records I bet if the president was to be in a different time, most of the criminals will be in Kirikiri (prison) by now. Now his hands are tied, he has to work extra hard to prove that the goats indeed ate the yam – now is to digging out the goats’ guts for proof.
As a someone in diaspora I would have liked the president to acknowledge that despite the criminal activities that Nigerians are known for, – many Nigerians (most in fact) are normal everyday people working hard for their living in their respective host countries.
After all, less than two months ago Adewale Adeyemo (Wally), a Modakeke son was appointed as the Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics by President Obama in the USA. One does not get to such a position after prison release.
Apart from Mr Adewale Adeyemo, we have plenty of Nigerians in diaspora who are doing their bits everyday from road cleaners, tube workers to professionals in different fields contributing to Nigeria’s economy everyday from far away.
President Buhari would have preferred Nigerians abroad to stay at home and build the country together. Given we remitted $21B in 2013 alone – we are already doing our bits. Thank goodness for record keeping.
This is why I am not offended by the President’s statement because he was not talking about Nigerians who have not contributed to the tainted image of Nigeria.
Not once was any of my family members denied a visa of visit – my parents and a sister. If I have no proof of employment to support them during visits or them overstayed their visas, that wouldn’t have happened.
The name Nigeria undoubtedly arouse suspicions but each person works their way to show the other side of the story in their respective work and neighbourhood.
Here’s something for the president to help us with. Over the years I have come to realise that criminals exist in all countries but what sets Nigeria apart is our inability to follow through cases and indict criminals so we wail until a minor neighbourhood thief becomes global 419.
A good example of this is cultism in our schools. Students get killed in their hostels by cults, aka Black Axe. They steal and kill for any reason known to the group. Such as the case of ‘Afrika‘ and his mates in 1999 at OAU. Nigeria did nothing and pretended we could not fish out the criminals, now these guys (black Axe) are at large in Canada and all over Europe with stronger network.
President Buhari, when is Nigeria going to start dealing with our problem before it gets out of hand?