About 80% or more of Nigerians abroad do back breaking jobs to survive. Many of them are outside the white collar job paradigm. You find them mostly doing blue collar and even red collar (oju eje) jobs even when that have higher certificates from institutions in their countries of residence.
Generally, Nigerians are hardworking, honest, lively and generous. These are rare combinations that make many to like us and some to hate us.
Take it from me.
Whenever you see a Nigerian brother or sister (they’re mostly men anyways) flaunting wealth and material things on social media, s/he is 110% into illicit hustling and criminality.
Those who make good money from honest work do not flaunt their wealth in that way. See Bill Gates, Dangote, Ogunlesi, Otedola, Elemelu and co.
Deal with it.
You’re an enabler when you encourage criminal elements among us with your following, likes and generous comments on social media. You’re worst if you use these criminals to shame or talk down on those Nigerians doing decent and honest hustling all over the world.
Criminals like Invictus, Hushpuppi, Woodbeery and others with fanciful names give us bad name and image all over the world. The reason why it’s more difficult for you to get visa even to wretched places like Afghanistan and Somalia is because of the activities of your brothers in America, Europe, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, China and everywhere.
For carrying the green passport, I had been embarrassed at immigration point in Europe. I was honest enough to understand why I was been embarrassed when other passengers from lesser countries than mine had cleared immigration without hassles.
In airports and airplanes I see them. Those who shame all of us. They always mostly behave in the most offensive and despicable ways even when there’s no need to so behave. They rush to board aircrafts like these machines are Lagos molues. They harass air hostesses like avian lice.
We can no longer accept these behaviours, enable them or wish them away. These idiots are less than 5% of us. Yet we are 200 million people on the homeland alone. But only one bard headed idiot is enough to dismiss unwary people as a nation of bard heads.
We must deal with this vexed matter holistically.
It’s time to address our new found national past time for greed, avarice, obscene materialism and illicit accumulation of wealth, which are fueling criminality. The Nigerian sense of entitlement must also be crushed as a starting point.
Individuals must decide to be better Nigerians and world citizens. You can start by refusing to cut corners. That’ll be a good starting point for every Nigerian.
As for our leaders, I’m tired of talking to them. Why waste time and effort waking a man who’s pretending to be sleeping?
Above all, we must elevate the fear of God as a people. It’s really time to walk the talk about our religiosity which reflects loudly in our churchliness and mosqueliness. No religion including traditional worship, which many of us now dismiss as idolatry, condones these vices, bad conducts and misdemeanors.
Godliness and contentment are great gains.
Olumide Olugbemi-Gabriel (P.hD)