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An Open Letter To All Nigerians At Home & Abroad
...We undeniably all want to return to the land of our ancestors, the land of our birth, but skepticism always takes over our plans...
ATTENTION — all nations on earth flooded with an influx of economic immigrants from Nigeria: The subjects I am about to address here in detail, with undeniable methods of solution (as fully highlighted in my book – My Shame & My Pain), do profoundly affect you personally with serious negative consequences, consciously or subliminally, no matter how politically liberal or non-political you might be!
ATTENTION — all Nigerians at home and abroad: This matter concerns you most!!
Please, concentrate attentively as I start with the obvious unbalanced scale of economic opportunities/non-distribution of national wealth — the main root cause of all the stormy seas in Nigeria as well as the main reason behind the wild emigrations of the nearly 16,000,000 Nigerians, scattered around the globe in the various nations they have been transiting through and immigrated into legally/illegally.
The hatred and struggles among us Nigerians, down religious and tribal lines, coupled with the undeniable unsatisfactory anger we have nursed for a few of our key leaders and some in other government positions, whose incurable super corruptions, negligence, and leadership incompetence are in the final stages of killing Nigeria, are all that I refer to in my logical handbook as “absolutely fixable.” The only problematic fact is that some of the few dreadful, influential ones (to whom I am referring) with access to the wrenches are reluctant to insert the bolts and tighten up the nuts. They are incredibly glad about the disjointedness and keep attacking every effort to fix the system in order to calm the storm. The unforgiving waves crashing down on the country work to their selfish advantages, enriching them further at the expense of the voiceless citizens dying of hunger and illness on daily bases, like abandoned refugees in their own God-given country. My highest respect and appreciation go to decent, blameless, and hardworking politicians who are selflessly committed to national servie to ordinary Nigerians and unity in the country, without the slightest suspicion of negligence from Nigerian citizens, both at home and abroad. These include leaders like His Excellency the President Muhammadu Buhari, His Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), and a few others like Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (there ain’t enough space to list them all out here).
As a result of the political failures of the corrupt ones, there are now too many of us distributed across the world who do not want to return to our own native home-country (Nigeria). Skepticism always takes over our plans to return to our developing nation, applying all the advanced knowledge we have acquired in various developed countries to address the known facts of the lack of basic infrastructures like clean running water, uninterrupted electricity sup-plies, well-maintained roads, and reliable national postal delivery services. We would face no social or economic security outside high privileged neighborhoods, while bribery and corruption are still in vogue, from customs down to the police and government employees. All these issues are coupled with the perpetual destructive volatility throughout Nigeria’s national system and the government’s and wealthy Nigerians’ scary land-grabbing (from ordinary Nigerian Diasporas like us investing our hard-earned dollars in lands in Lagos and Abuja) without full compensation and or a severe law to protect monies invested from fraudulent minds. We all want to return to the land of our ancestors, the land of our birth, but that doubt, faithlessness, and fear for the future plunge us into an overwhelming mind-attack despite the undeniable hostilities we face in Malaysia, were Nigerian homes are marked for attacks without just cause. Even while we sleep, we are unconstitutionally harassed by police and many immigration officials seeking to carry out random searches of our homes. We are chased down the street and beaten by unemployed Malaysians, humiliated at the port of entry, and even set up when cocaine is planted on our persons (mainly the Ibos) and in our luggage and then photographed in our places of residence to inform local citizens that all drugs are brought in by Nigerians. Malaysians have such gross misconceptions about the Ibos and hate the tribe passionately, even those who have not visited Nigeria. I have experienced it and wonder where they get such information. On many occasions I have been asked by Malaysian girls I’ve just met if I was Ibo. The trash they spew about the Ibos’ characters is so irritating to listen to. In India, we Nigerians are unbelievably looked at and treated as slaves, being slapped randomly by Indian men who find a conversation between a Nigerian male and an Indian girl inappropriate. We are dragged out of restaurants and beaten for complaining about the quality of service or outrageous bills. Adeola Fayehun, a US based Nigerian journalist who specializes in covering present-day geopolitical, cultural and economic contents that affect the day-to-day lives of Africans, also reported the most recent shocking example of the Indian police force illogically arresting a group of innocent Nigerians involved suspicions of cannibalizing a missing Indian teenage boy, with further trumped-up allegations of being responsible for his death after he showed up alive but later died of a drug overdose — thereby systematically demonizing Nigerians as the ones behind all drug supplies. I have never seen psychopathology in a national police force and media platform with such disturbing desire for what is not true to become real in the minds of the gullible. In reality, I have never seen the poppy fields in Nigeria.
Despite all these painful hostilities from continent to continent, so many Nigerians have overstayed their student or visitor visas for so many years, maintaining low profiles out of fear of facing the humiliation of deportation back to a life of uncertainty. A lot of us in Arabian countries serve uneducated Arabs in their homes as houseboys and get flogged while being hung upside-down, our feet tied to the ceiling, while being blamed for every missing item in the house or for not doing the housework properly. Many of these mistreated Nigerians have obtained a high school diploma and even a bachelor’s degree. I once found myself encapsulated in such misery when I experienced episodes that were heinous enough to make a person want to return quietly to his country but couldn’t, as I had to work with reality, evaluating the facts surrounding Nigeria. I couldn’t leave because of the same mess back in Nigeria. Our leaders are unreachable, so full of pride in their positions that they don’t care about those of us who voted them into office. Unlike developed nations, where politicians make every ordinary citizen count and feel listened to by responding to their emails, phone calls, and letters, our Nigerian leaders are too big to approach and feel no concern about what misfortune we encounter as long as they are in their air-conditioned homes, offices, and automobiles surrounded by armed security teams. When 30 UK civilian tourists were unfortunately gunned down for no just cause by a terrorist on the beach of Tunisia, the entire house of Parliament made a recognition speech, David Cameron frowned at the act on national TV, and their bodies were flown back to the UK in Royal Air Force aircraft WITH MAXIMUM RESPECT. The victims were given befitting funerals. When an ordinary US tourist Kurt Cochran was killed in the Westminster attack by another lone terrorist in London, President Donald Trump on the same day sent out a message of condolence on Twitter and live on TV. Can you see how citizens of these nations, whom we so admire and embrace their cultures, are looked after with maximum attention by their politicians? Our own Nigerian-born and -bred Rashidi Yekini, an international soccer star (a striker) who entertained and made Nigerians proud in the 1994 US World Cup, scoring 37 goals for Nigeria — the highest number of international goals for us — passed away in Ibadan, Nigeria, only to have his life celebrated on the soccer field of a Portuguese stadium, where his photo-graph was paraded before spectators with high emotions and words of attributes from high-ranking European soccer officials. Not a single Nigerian politician came out to organize a remarkable remembrance for him. What a shame! Two Nigerians were killed in Thailand by street mobs only to have their hearts and kidneys harvested in the hospital within an hour of the incident. The Nigerian Embassy was notified, but nothing was done by our government other than to fly them back to Nigeria in cheap coffins in the cargo hold of a commercial airline before being quietly handed off to their families in Imo State and Abia State. There are so many more shameful diplomatic disappointments I could go on about. There’s got to be some serious changes in Nigeria before everyone fully wakes up. With the UK/US/European newly integrated immigration systems in recent years and amendments to strict employment laws, many Nigerian immigrants without valid visas are now in rags, being taken advantage of by our fellow Africans with citizenship who employ and exploit them by making them work excessive hours doing dishes in restaurants, cleaning low-class apartments and private homes for low-scale cleaning contractors, cleaning windows, and cutting grass for homes, earning as little as $2 per hour (just to feed themselves and pay rent). They must also endure inconceivable abuses, but they have no other option other than to just be submissive sex slaves to much older men and women (some heterosexuals and some homosexuals) they feel no attraction to and share no similar sexual preference with, or risk been exposed to the system as illegal aliens and deported. Young girls are often forced into under-ground prostitution controlled by a ferocious Afro-Illuminati gangs (despite the impression of their non-existence, they are often found within trustful neighborhoods). A girl with no attraction to men (a fully self-aware lesbian, not a bisexual) is forced to give hetero-sexual men sexual pleasure while young heterosexual men with strong religious ethics of Christianity /Islam are compelled to please homosexual men for survival.
We now need to toughen up our method of attracting the attention of our leaders with such buried facts. It's time they all got on with serving (us) the ordinary citizens of Nigeria that voted them into offices. We have served them with our sweats and tears for too long and that's totally wrong! May God help us all, and may God bless Nigeria.
Extract from the first chapter of my 2017 book - My Shame & My Pain.
© 2017 Sunny Ache