Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:10

What Do We Do About Nigerians Being Deported From Around The World?

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When a Nigerian is deported, the deporting country is saying, among other things, 1. “ You’re a persona  non grata.” 2. “ Get away from here.” 3. “You are an unacceptable or unwelcome person.” 4. “You’re horrible.”  5. “ From now on you and your criminally-minded fellow  Nigerians can consider yourselves personae non gratae.” The purpose of this essay is to present the scenario or state of affairs surrounding frequent deportations of Nigerians from many nations, and to suggest what we ought to do about it by way of prevention or cure as we talk to friends at home.  

They say things are hard in Nigeria, that our people are suffering untold hardships, and that the suffering makes every Nigerian want to gallop out of the country to freedom somewhere.  Somewhere can be anywhere except Nigeria. Our people are escaping in a gallop to Europe, Canada, North America, and Great Britain. A gallop implies a frenzied dash, a mad rush, harried hustle, or ill-considered race.  

Many Nigerians perish at open seas while escaping from home , some in hot desserts, and others end up in hands of cruel bandits.  Do our people think that the places they are fleeing to are without problems? Do my people believe problems of racism, unemployment, language barrier, and poverty are not worldwide.  Why is there such a gallop? A gallop is a mad rush. 

The purpose of this essay is to decry and call attention to current maltreatment of Nigerians around the world and to suggest that someone needs to stand up against oppressors on behalf of the oppressed, exploited Nigerians who are being uniquely deported from everywhere on earth.  The British, French, and Americans have long been exploiters of Nigeria’s natural resources. The Chinese have joined in the dance of vultures, flooding the  Nigerian markets with poisonous  materials and cheap infrastructure.

The latest news has it that our former colonial master Great Britain has recently deported 23 Nigerians for allegedly committing immigration-related offences in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees arrived recently at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 6.a.m on Friday, March 31, 2017. The deportees, all males, were brought back in a chartered aircraft. Read more: https://www.naij.com/1096900-united-kingdom-deports

The Italian Government on March 8,2017, deported 37 Nigerians from the country for similar reasons. Read more: https://www.naij.com/1096900-united-kingdom-deports-23-nigerians-offences.html?source=notification.   

As we were about to post this essay, the news just arrived that 8 countries in the  European Union have deported 50 Nigerians for immigration and drug-related  offenses. The nations making the latest deportations  include Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Hungary and Sweden. Why isn’t anyone raising a ruckus or hue and cry around the world on behalf of an oppressed people? Why are Nigerians being roughly treated by the so-called friendly governments of Britain and Italy? Just in February,2017,  43 Nigerians were returned into the country from three European countries; Germany, Belgium and Italy.

 To raise a ruckus in defense of Nigerians is to cause a justified commotion, disturbance, rumpus, uproar, to make a little noise in world’s capitals, or point to glaring injustice being perpetrated. It would be good if there is a hue and cry. A hue and cry is a loud outcry or public expression of disapproval that calls for the pursuit and capture of a criminal. In this case, it seems that Britain and Italy are committing criminal, unwarranted, unreasonable, unjustifiable, unpardonable, unforgivable, untenable act by picking on Nigerians and painting their nation in terribly bad light. Great Britain’s goal is to make Nigeria a caricature, a laughingstock, a butt of all the jokes. “Look here, fellows. They wanted freedom, didn’t  they? They got independence. Now, see how they can’t even govern themselves. Ah, ah. Hahaha!”

The  Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola started the deportation of Nigerians within his country before issuing so-called  "unreserved apology" to the Igbos following the expatriation of about 72 beggars and destitute people from Lagos to the Onitsha bridge in  Anambra State. Fashola started the “kidnap-and-deport trade across Nigeria;” and he lent encouragement and support to the structure of decadence from which America and the  European governments of Britain, Italy, and other racist regimes are fashioning  their weapon of deportation against Nigerians.   Fashola is the Yoruba hatemonger whose act is unacceptable, dehumanizing, and utterly condemnable.

Have we Nigerians become such untouchable outcasts of India or the lepers of Samaria that rest of the world is unwilling to associate with us?  Are we Nigerians destined to be deported indiscriminately and erratically?  Everyone appears to join in a dance of vultures around dead bodies of Nigerians whose motherland has abandoned. Each administration of the Nigerian government seems oblivious to the plight of its citizens.

Each administration appears to abandon its Nigerian citizens in a reckless leaving behind. We Nigerians are forced to behave as prostitutes did from time immemorial. We Nigerians are forced to fend for themselves around the world in a state of abject neglect, devil-may-care desertion or rejection.  We have become public harlots who beg for crumbs from persons who turn us away after satisfying their sexual hunger.

America is the latest to join in an unholy dance of vultures. America  is beginning  to look like enyi mba (elephants that stampede).  The American Republican President Donald Trump has proposed a ban on citizens from several countries from entering the United States. Based upon Trump’s ugly words about Nigeria and its people, many Americans are of the opinion that Nigeria should have been included  among the banned nations.

Trump said that Nigerians and Mexicans have taken all the jobs meant for Americans; that Nigerians cannot stay in their country because they are corrupt,  that the Nigerian government is corrupt; and that the white people ought to  re-colonize Nigeria because Nigerians haven’t learned a damn thing from the British.

 The reason why Nigeria is not yet included in the list of Trump’s  banned nations is that American ban of Nigeria means  America might cease taking advantage of Nigerian oil and minerals which Uncle Sam expropriates/wrongly impounds for pennies while Nigerians remain in massive underdevelopment  and pitiful penury. Penury is a term used to signify poverty, pennilessness, destitution, indigence, neediness which results from massive exploitation of resources of Nigeria by the haves to the disadvantage of poor Nigerians live on daily income of less than 2 dollars (700 Naira).

After checking with a Nigerian building contractor in Lagos and hotel managers in America, we are able to compute daily wages of American and Nigerian laborers. A Nigerian laborer makes 4, 000 naira a day while American laborer makes that much in just one hour or N32,000 Naira a day.

Many of us Nigerians living abroad are not using our experiences  in obodo ndi ocha (land of the whites) to help give advice to friends we have left behind . We ought to endeavor to serve as ambassadors of goodwill to warn fellow Nigerian citizens in Motherland to beware. To beware is to be cautious, be very careful, please take your time to consider things, be wary, look out, watch out, take heed, or to think twice before making decisions. There are certain things we shall focus on as we talk to folks back home. What do we say to folks at home?

You are considered nobody in the “white”  world: When you are seen as a “beggar” African black seeking refugee status in a lily-white “giver” Western nation, you are likely to be pointed out and called ugly names such as Nigger, enwe (monkey), ochonosis (user of toxic creams that bleach the skin to look like Michael Jackson). The desire to look white and live in majority white countries is making matters worse for friends back home in the Continent of Africa.

Stay where you are. There’s no better place on earth than home, wherever one comes from in Africa . You may be happier in Nigerian than anywhere else. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Years ago, this writer and his friends were comfortable pupils at the old Methodist Central School. We were happy. We attended school in one long mud building that was partitioned into six grade-appropriate classrooms. We swept the whole compound clean upon arriving in the morning.

 We went to local dispensary for such simple ailments as dysentery and fever.  We lined up for teachers to inspect our mouths to detect rotten teeth and our bodies for scabies and our heads for lice. When one boy came along with chicken pox, small pox,  or whooping cough, it spread quickly like the Egyptian angel of death. The key thing is that we were as happy as a lark. There were no Ebola or HIV. After emigrating  to a foreign land, we now feel unhappy, lonely, frustrated, and abandoned.

Nigeria is still the best place in the world for Nigerians to settle in. If you live in Nigeria, youm are surrounded by friends; you are familiar with the Nigerian culture, language, and food; and you are among family members and support groups. Though wages are low, yet you have many benefits that include inexpensive housing and no bothersome taxes.

Stop imitating whites bleaching your skin to look ghostly, eerie, ethereal, otherworldly, unearthly, or wraithlike. Bleaching one’s skin with poisonous preparations is a health hazard.  Africans and their governments   will have to deal with cancer caused by bleached skin sooner or later and to find ways to reverse a scourge.  The World Health Organization’s report states that   Nigerians are the highest users of such skin-bleaching products; that 77% of Nigerian women use the products on a regular basis, followed by Togo at 59%; South Africa at 35%; and Mali at 25%.

Be comfortable with what you are, make the best of your environment,  be proud of your physical attriburtes/features, and enjoy what you eat  Where are we fleeing to? It may not surprise anyone that we might do better in an environment we are familiar and comfortable with than in places filled with strange customs and anti-African sentiments.  For one thing, familiarity breeds confidence and ego strength.

Money is not everything; what you earn is what you earn and what you earn should be managed efficiently and not thrown away in pursuit of more riches. It’s not what you make on the job that makes the important difference; it is what you save from what you make that is important. Be comfortable, be cool, remain calm, stop running around. Prioritize your goals. Live below your means.

Represent Nigeria well by your conduct. Be a Nigerian ambassador

Honesty is still the best Policy. Be law-abiding and obey the law governing the do-and-don’ts of the community where you reside. When in Rome, you cannot always do as the Romans do.You may be deported for being a Roman in another person’s country, especially pertaining to criminal activities. such as scamming people of their money. Disregarding existing laws or theft of cash and property belonging to another is a crime that doesn’t pay.

Submitted April 8, 2017

By Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blogspot.com

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James Agazie Ed D

A retired college Professor  with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics.  Write on topics dealing with Nigerian families, marriages, education, and employment.