Dec 7, 2012 – Private Jet Ownership In Nigeria: A Concerned American Pilot Speaks Up
In response to our article titled ‘Private Jet Owners In Nigeria“, we have received a message from a concerned American pilot who has worked as a pilot in Nigeria in the 82s. naijagists.com
In his own words below:
Greetings to all from the U.S.,
I read this article with both amusement and sadness. And what I’m about to say may offend some people, but sometimes things just need to be said that no one wants to speak about. But first, just a bit of background on me.
I am black American and have lived in the U.S. all my life. I also happen to be a professional pilot that has flown both airline and private jets. I have actually been to Nigeria, first time in ’82, and was recently working there on contract as a pilot up until 2011. So I am familiar with your country. So here are some observations from the “outside” looking in; again I say, this is NOT intended to offend anyone, although it may.
First, for an oil producing country, I have always been absolutely appalled at the state of disorder and chaos in Nigeria. Outside of Nigeria, if you mention your country’s name, people will do one of two things. They will either start laughing out loud…OR… they just shake their heads and walk away.
The point: Nigeria is the laughing stock of the entire earth.!!!! There is NO..NONE…ABSOLUTELY ZERO.. reason why a country that has so much natural, God-given wealth should be in the state of chaos that it is in—NONE!
From open sewers where the stench offends the senses to constant power blackouts, to horrible roads; there is NO excuse for this. Your country and cities should look like Dubai. Your streets should almost be paved with gold. But they are not. And they’re not for one reason (the same reason people laugh at your country when anybody mentions it name) Corruption. ALL country have corruption, no doubt, but Nigeria is seen around the world as the epitome of corruption. And until Nigeria has it’s own “Arab Spring”, the whole country will continue to languish on the vine and slowly wither away while the rest of the world passes you by.
That oil, under that soil that you were born on, is your gift from your God AND your means out of dismal state of poverty that the country suffers from. It belongs to all of you; not just the few who were lucky enough to be born into privilege.
Next, (and this is reeeeeaally going to irritate some of you, but again, it needs to be said), I see from the above list of Nigerians who are private owners of jets, that 3 of them are Pastors/Reverends. Nigerians need to come to their senses.
Here’s the question: Why?—Why?—Why? would you Nigerians give sooooooo much of your money to ***** to the point that they can fly around in private jets?!?!?!?!?!?!
WHY! Do you know that to OPERATE a private jet runs, on average, of around $5,000 (U.S.) PER HOUR!!!! Yet, soooo many Nigerians turn their money over—willingly— to these “*****” who claim to gifted to speak the word of God .
Here’s a news flash for you: all you people out there who are giving money to these ******* are ****hate word****! If you believe that strongly in your religion, you don’t need to give 1 Naira to get ***’s love and approval.
It is the biggest mind-control game on the planet and you are the suckers being taken while they live “high on the hill” off your ignorance.
In a strange, sad, perverted way, Nigerians who do this DESERVE what they get; exploited for personal gain. ********* hate words***********.
Lastly, I saw something repeatedly in Nigeria that, as an African American, really personally bothered me a lot. And that is the reverence and pedestal on which many Nigerians put white people. I am quite aware of the colonial history of Nigeria and under the hands in which you (and many others) have suffered. But the level of trust and worship and respect afforded people of white european dissent was, from personal observation, absolutely disgusting.
Here’s the deal: Nigerians HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING WHITE AND OF EUROPEAN DESCENT IS GOOD AND RIGHT; RIGHT DOWN TO THE *******hate word**** YOU WORSHIP WHEN YOU GO TO CHURCH. Nothing—NOTHING!—could be farther from the truth! It is time you educate you self and come out of this illiterate darkness OF THE MIND that so many of you live in and has allowed the world to exploit you. You are Africans, You are the first people to walk the face of this earth. You gave birth to all people of this earth and everyone who has EVER walked the face of this earth, INCLUDING Jesus Himself. You don’t have a damn thing to apologize for to anybody nor are you or should you ever feel inferior to anybody walking the face of this earth.
ALL people came from Africa. SO KNOCK OFF THIS SLAVE MENTALITY OF PAYING SO MUCH RESPECT TO WHITE PEOPLE. This does not mean to disrespect them in any shape, way, form or fashion; that is NOT what I’m saying. What I am saying is that you are just as special as they are and you need to teach your children this as well. It is NOT ABOUT HATRED, OR EVEN DISLIKE, it IS about self-respect and self-love—-FIRST! The “Yessah Master” days are dead; they will not ever return.
I hope Africa arises out of it’s long, long slumber and rise to it’s full potential. Everything—-EVERYTHING—you and the rest of Africa needs to enjoy the fruits and beauty of this world and life is, literally, right underneath your feet. If you don’t take advantage of what God has given you, them outsiders truly will. And always remember these 2 things: 1) Nobody can control your mind UNLESS YOU LET THEM!!! 2) Don’t worry about the enemies on the “outside” of the gate, worry about the one’s sitting right next to you. The one(s) outside have to get inside and get to you and you can see them coming. The one(s) sitting next to you is already upon you. The point: Some of Nigeria (and Africa as a whole) worst enemies are it’s own people.
Good luck my distant brethren and sisters article by Diaspora, firstname.lastname@example.org
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