Why Many Nigerians Living Abroad Never Want To Return Home

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August 13, 2013 – Why Many Nigerians Living Oversea Never Want To Return Home

This article is in response to a Nigerian-American lady, Kola Olaosebikan’s vow never to return to Nigeria again after the controversial child marriage bill that rocked the senate few weeks ago.

If you missed the report, read it here. or watch the video below

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TA4AYQ2mFU

There are many Nigerians living overseas who feel the same as that young lady…there is crime everywhere in the world, i agree with that, but if you are honest with yourself (and if you look on naijagists search) you will find that Nigeria ranks as one of the top countries where it is unsafe to live.

I agree with the lady on many points actually…in what other country is ritual killings high as part of the crime rate? huh? whilst living in Nigeria for 17 yrs i personally witnessed corpses on the street that were a result of ritual killing…it isn’t safe to take public transport in nigeria due to fears of this, and neither is it safe to drive your own car due to fear of ritual killings, attacks by armed robbers, or attacks by policemen themselves due to ones refusal to give them money…whilst in Nigeria my family were stalked by hired assassins (hey, it is a crime to get involved in politics in Nigeria init?) what one should blame, imo, is the state of mind of the country and those living within it

Desperation and hardship can and will lead many to commit crime…how does one address this? the change needs to come from the top (but as usual many if not all of the leaders are corrupt and look out for themselves and their own…something that appears to filter down and is evident in many of the citizens living in Nigeria

Look after yourself and your own and leave the rest to worry about themselves init?)…AND the change needs to also come from the citizens living within the country…but correct me if am wrong, with the Arab Spring we saw sweeping across the middle east since last year didn’t a few Nigerians try to start such a change in Nigeria?? and correct me if am wrong but these forward thinking individuals were shot at and killed due to this?

I actually have a video about this on my YouTube playlist. Okay, then you might say that what are us Nigerians living overseas trying to do about it? well, to my recollection and according to much of the news we get over here from people who know people who travel to visit their loving, safe homeland of Nigeria, they either are robbed whilst there, killed during the attacks, or simply develop mental illness whilst there or on their return from Nigeria.

Tell me now, how comes there are MANY businesses overseas that will never do business with anyone located in nigeria? I have come across many website of businesses that refuse to ship goods to nigeria…

I for one have many skills and qualifications/knowledge that would come in handy for nigeria, BUT i know for a fact that if i dare to step foot in nigeria i would either be targeted in one way or another because of either how i look, how i dress etc…things that are so insignificant become a HUGE deal in nigeria.

Many Nigerians in the UK will not even date their fellow Nigerians because of their mentality and attitudes. I have lived abroad for over 15 years and am very aware of this…America has problems for sure with their bombings, and random drive by gang related shootings, but in Nigeria you could be killed just for what you wear…I walk my dog anytime i want here…i walk the streets with 90% confidence that chances of me being used for ritual killing due to being out late at night or early in the morning doesn’t hang over my head…

I would be petrified to even walk my dog in the day time in Nigeria…sad, but true.

SO, people should please stop and wonder why a citizen of Nigeria feels so strongly about her country in that way before calling her all sorts of names… because at the end of the day there are MANY whom hold the same opinions as she does. That is my 2 pence.

[Article by Patra]

19 thoughts on “Why Many Nigerians Living Abroad Never Want To Return Home

    • Mac or wgat is your name you don’t need to abuse anybody that is there opinion you know yourself that Nigeria is not save now if you have chance you will travel out of Niger so don’t be jealous of the peopke abroad.

  1. No restriction for anyone to live wherever he/she feels he can achieve happiness. There are Americans who will never wish to leave some part of Africa because of what they found and enjoy.
    America, Europe or Canada is not paradise, paradise is within. Stop hating my fellow Americans.

    I cant live in Nigeria but i love Nigerians, they are great people.

  2. Those whose say they will never live in Nigeria are those who they don’t have no interest or progress for that country,its pity that a lot of people living outside of Nigeria they’re lack of patriotism they have no interest whatsoever for that country,its unnecessary excuse to say Nigeria is no safe to live, I live in Dublin Ireland where majority of Nigerians at times face harassment,intimidation at times young Irish guy may say to you why can,t you go back to your country you fuck nigger,unemployment, economy hardship make it difficult for some to go back home even though they are documented ,the point I just want to make is that people don’t wanna go back home because they have nothing like house,investment which would sustain them at home period.what most stupid Nigerians diaspora they understand is that Nigeria is our country,home whatever the case may be we don’t have another home ,home always be a home one yoruba adage say Ile labo simi oko ,No place like home.

    • Sorry Lamido but I disagree with you as per your first post. My first question is – why are you still in Dublin? I have been called so many names in the UK but you will find out that its mostly the illiterates and chavs who call one these names. When I was working in port Harcourt, the naija lads in the office say bad things about the whites. its the same everywhere. I cant be bothered coming to naija for starters, the stress at the airport. the airport workers wanting money, checking your luggage etc. I am due for a traditional marriage in bayelsa but I am scared of coming because of kidnapping. Home is home yes… but one has the right to relocate. After all even people in other countries relocate. What about the foreigners in Nigeria who don’t want to go back home because they love naija. its choice. for me, I find the UK peaceful, I work, pay my bills, keep my head down and enjoy life. Finally, I am used to the country and can’t fault it.

  3. I am very proud to be a Nigerian however, i doubt if i can live there again. When i was still back in Nigeria, i loved spending holidays with my grandma at my dad’s village in Imo state but at the moment i can’t see myself visiting the village for fear of being kidnapped and this really makes me sad.I am also too scared to bring my kids. They want to come but i just do not want to risk it.I may change my mind when i am able to afford adequate security for my family.

  4. Nigeria is not safe 4 people living abroad. once u leave nigeria for foreign country ,u become an enemy even ur family wil hate u or jelous of u. i know of a man who came from spain wit his fiancee to hav their marriage done in naija. he was murdered front of his father house just 3 days to their wedding. it happened last year til now no arrest hav been made. it happened in benin city.

  5. Insecurity is a global crisis there is no country that immune when it comes to security, for example early this year Nigerian taxi driver man was stabbed with umbrella in Bronx in New york US without any particular reason,until now nobody are not arrested for his murder.

  6. No place like home,our prayer for Nigeria is that God should arise on behalf of our country,cos i remembered in 70’s or 80’s ,our country is good place to stay then.God bless Nigerian and all nations of the world.

  7. Pls let all of us who are here in naija at d moment b true 2ourselves,naija is messed up right nw…we can only hope 4a beta 2mrw…if ure outside naija enjoy urselves bt rmember na only God dey guide person.nobody prays 4evil 2happen 2dem.cheers

  8. I must admit it is correct to say Nigeria is not a safe place to live for now. The level of insecurity is very disturbing. Kidnapping’ armed robbery’ ritual killings’ and religious madness has turned the country into a scary place. Rececently a friend of mine was attacked by armed robbers in her house in maitama abuja. The robbers tied the gate man before entering the house. They threathened to shoot her in the head unless she revealed where she kept the money she intended to travel with to UK. (Information). What surprised me the most is the confidence and ease the robbers operated. I have heard similar stories like this. However I must say that I love Nigeria. Its my country. My ultimate wish like some many of my fellow Nigerians’ in the diaspora is to settle back home.I dont see that happening unless the situation begins to change positively. I pray things will get better. There is no place like home. Home is where the heart is. PA.

  9. dat’s true talk, no youth ever pray 2stay long in this our father’s land, u will think is your fathers land only if u blief so, bt u neva know is not blong 2 any of or relative, those who own the land know them self,s bt they will Neva say it, mean why they show it & we knw dem.

  10. ..whilst it’s easy for our peeps in 9ja to quite quick tag those overseas as being unpatriotic I (personally) believe the reason why a Nigerian will consider not returning back ‘home’ is due to a cultural reprogramming (which is not outrightly evil). When I left 9ja some years ago after growing up in 9Ja for 16yrs (though I was initially born in the UK), it was a bit difficult to not to iron my clothes the night before due to fear that ‘they might take the light again’ as Nepa normally would back in 9ja and that’s just one of many subtle changes one makes once leaving the shores of 9Ja. In 2009, I took my wife and 3 kids to visit 9ja for a while, how much I spent in Lagos just to provide what is considered the basics here cannot be mentioned, the question then is, while I’m not in anyway saying I’m not planning on returning to 9ja soon, someone should give one good reason why it makes any sense to return to a system which currently (like any other system in the world) is flawed, but flawed in a way that currently makes mockery of people trying to earn a honest living

  11. ..whilst it’s easy for our peeps in 9ja to quite quickly tag those overseas as being unpatriotic I (personally) believe the reason why a Nigerian will consider not returning back ‘home’ is due to a cultural reprogramming (which is not outrightly evil). When I left 9ja some years ago after growing up in 9Ja for 16yrs (though I was initially born in the UK), it was a bit difficult to not to iron my clothes the night before due to fear that ‘they might take the light again’ as Nepa normally would back in 9ja and that’s just one of many subtle changes one makes once leaving the shores of 9Ja. In 2009, I took my wife and 3 kids to visit 9ja for a while, how much I spent in Lagos just to provide what is considered the basics here cannot be mentioned, the question then is, while I’m not in anyway saying Im not planning on returning to 9ja soon, someone should give one good reason why it makes any sense to return to a system which currently (like any other system in the world) is flawed, but flawed in a way that currently makes mockery of people trying to earn an honest living

  12. I don’t blame Nigerians that leave the country and decide to stay abroad when the leaders have nothing to do to quell the insecure state of the country. I don’t blame them but I just hate those who condemn the country.

    • Thanks Kola for your courage and determination to share this articles.we know our problems and sometimes we shy away from speaking the truth.
      What’s going on now in Nigeria is not getting any better rather more and more atrocities all kinds are happening everyday especially this time of Election.may God help their people from the corrupt and collapse system of Government!!!

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