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Valentine’s Day Election Violence: Nigerian Politicians Relocate Family Abroad

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Valentine’s Day Election Violence: Nigerian Politicians Relocate Family Abroad

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Jan 17, 2015 – February 14 Election Violence: Nigerian Politicians Relocate Family Abroad

According to Saturday Punch, some apprehensive politicians and top members of the business community started relocating members of their families abroad late last year.

Many, it was learnt, are still moving their families out of the country.

According to findings, medical check-ups, short vacation, among others, are being cited by wealthy Nigerians as reasons for their trips.

Aviation experts told one of our correspondents that passenger traffic in Nigeria is usually low between January and March but that is not the case this year.

The CEO of a travel agency, who identified himself as Damian and did not want further details about himself or his company in print, said many of his clients had made bookings to travel abroad for fear of being caught up in violence.

Damian said, “It is true that there is an increase in the number of transactions we receive; many people are making bookings to leave the country.

“People are afraid; they fear that there may be violence after the election. Those making travel plans are mostly businessmen. I am also running away. I will leave before the election and return after the person who emerges as the president of the country has been sworn in.”

Similarly, a popular travel agency on Lagos Island told one of our correspondents that many managing directors/chairmen of some companies in Nigeria had booked their flight tickets in anticipation of leaving the country before the general elections.

One of the senior workers with the company, who simply identified himself as Thaddeus, said aside politicians who thronged the firm to buy tickets, many companies’ MDs and businessmen had bought tickets from the firm between November 27, 2014 and January 14, 2015.

Thaddeus named the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirate as the most preferred destinations of the MDs.

He said, “Some politicians made arrangement to travel out of the country after the election, while many of the MDs chose to leave the country with their families a week before the poll.

“Before the political parties’ primaries held late year, we procured tickets for the families of some politicians and we believe that they must have left the country by now. The politicians started procuring their tickets from the first week of this month.”

The development, according to some travel agents who spoke with our correspondents, boosted their businesses.

In the South-East, some prominent Igbo politicians and businessmen have also decided to go for “vacation abroad.”

An aide of one of the members of the executive committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo – the apex Igbo socio-political organisation – said his boss was among those planning to leave the country.

The aide who pleaded anonymity said, “I am aware that some politicians have already concluded arrangements to travel abroad after the election; some of them relocated their families out of the country many months ago.”

A travel agent, Mr. Nwaoka Iwe, who told one of our correspondents that he represents an Abuja-based travel agency in Enugu, also spoke of arrangements being made by politicians and businessmen to travel out of the country.

[Saturday Punch]

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Odunaike Benson

    January 17, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    it would be better for everyone to stay indoors for security

  2. sirkele

    January 17, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    then who else will die for them? selfish leaders

  3. bezo

    January 17, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    If they like let them relocate them to heaven, GMB till GEJ knows he suppose to be taking of zoo

  4. tina

    January 17, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    The so called rich r running away leaving d poor masses to vote and @ the end of the day the people elected will alwys bring out policies to favor d rich leaving the poor masses to struggle till death.hmmmmmm

  5. tina

    January 17, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    The so called rich r running away leaving d poor masses to vote and @ the end of the day the people elected will alwys bring out policies to favor d rich leaving the poor masses to struggle till death.all the evil they r plotting will be defeated election will come and go.

  6. Hon. Olushola

    January 17, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Na dem sabi. Me go dey my own house and enjoy myself wit my wife and child.

  7. Ramses

    January 17, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Nigeria politicians thought that the children are save in abroad. But they must remember that most of Nigerians are outside and they will not hesited to take revenge on their kids relocated if they dare do something bad in our fatherland, Nigeria. They must be sure for that. This time will not be like others. If they relocated kids in abroad or wherever, they must try to let people live in peace in Nigeria. But by creating trouble in Naija, their kids will front trouble ouside. That is the message.PEACEFULL ELECTION WITH TROUBLE WE NEED!

    • Ramses

      January 17, 2015 at 8:58 AM

      WITHOUT TROUBLE WE NEED

  8. Ramses

    January 17, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Nigeria politicians thought that the children are save in abroad. But they must remember that most of Nigerians are outside and they will not hesited to take revenge on their kids relocated if they dare do something bad in our fatherland, Nigeria. They must be sure for that. This time will not be like others. If they relocated kids in abroad or wherever, they must try to let people live in peace in Nigeria. But by creating trouble in Naija, their kids will front trouble ouside. That is the message.PEACEFULL ELECTION WITHOUT TROUBLE WE NEED!

  9. Akuwax in Mongu, Zambia.

    January 17, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    The 14th of February is a great day in the year 2015. why?

    1- it’s the also the day of of valetine
    2- Nigeria is vote to elect its president
    3- Students of the University of Barotseland are also electing their president and I am among presidential aspirants, my party is Democratic Students (D S)and am pursuing Development Studies D.S imagine.
    4- As students of UBL both new & old we are having (holding)a freshers’ party to welcome new ones
    5- the handover ceremony for office bearers will also be conducted on this very day.

    So please I need your support. All of you Naijagists fans.

  10. Sade

    January 17, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Huuuuuunnn,imagine the rich people taking there family away to abroad while the poor people don’t HIV choice.By his grace I will be rich IJN

  11. Sade

    January 17, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Huuuuuunnn,imagine the rich people taking there family away to abroad while the poor people don’t have choice.By his grace I will be rich IJN

  12. oyebisi

    January 17, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    that was the reason why the queue at Lagos airport yesterday night was long, it takes nearly 3hours for check in and security, Nigerians need to wise up, they are flying their family out what about people that haven’t got that opportunity. please VOTE WISELY MY FELLOW NIGERIANS

  13. Grace

    January 17, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Ohoooo, what of us poor people what do do where do we go? We pray for no fight or war to broke out. It will not in Jesus name. Pastors prophets, Nigerian citizens go into dry fasting and pray for the cloud we see in Nigeria to clear up.

    I will advised all Nigerians to stop travelling to other peoples nation who have trained their citizens to be good citizens and stay in Nigeria pray train and change their own children to be good citizens of Nigeria.

    In other hand good for Nigerians to travel to come back home and try to change children coming up not to have quest for money.

  14. Harry

    January 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Let men stay away from this so called vote, they have vacate there children and after voting they will come back while u remain in poverty

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