My Brothers Abroad- Gbenga S. Wemimo

Abroad

I had to block most of the abroad people on my WhatsApp. They remind me of those who became born again but couldn’t let go of the old man.

You said Nigeria is not working for you , you took the option of traveling abroad but you never left.

Your body and soul are abroad but your troubled spirit in Nigeria.

Before you say “Good morning” they have forwarded 3000 messages to your phone
All talking about war, hunger, insecurity, poverty, and evil in Nigeria. Is it not the people here that should be feeding them the news?

They do the same on Twitter. They live in a white man’s land where things are equally tough for them and maliciously ramp up all sorts of negativity on Nigeria. Most of the time, they are doing this to remind themselves never to regret leaving the country. Especially when they see the people they left behind doing so well.

One actually came to Nigeria, saw people using iphone 11 and said “Wow, you guys are using iPhone 11, you’re not doing as badly I had thought”.

Many of them assume that immediately their planes took off, Nigeria began to
recede into the dark ages while they moved on into the future. So they create this bubble of ”We are secure and you are not” on the social media.

I got a call this morning from one of my Nigerian people abroad. She was panting and shivering. _”We heard that there is war all over and people are already fleeing into
neighbouring countries”.

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I told her to calm down. Do I sound like somebody who has been running and panting?

That was when she realized that she was the one who was worked up, not me. While I am not saying that those who travel should forget their native land. I am begging them to let those of us living here live our lives in peace. Some of the languages employed by many of them in their tweets and other writing show how disappointed they are
that people are still buying and selling in this country regardless of their absence. They wrecked so much havoc during the recent protests and they are not relenting. They are determined to do it again and again.

Stay far away in their foreign location and throw fire all over the country.

You have to wonder what motivates such people and why they are determined at all cost to see Nigeria fail in-spite of the untold hardship this will bring on people.

We all have to check our hearts and find a cure for the bloodlust coursing through
our veins. One wakes up shouting baboons. The other wakes up shouting monkeys. Another decides he wants to revisit history. All sorts of curses and incendiaries!

It is enough!

You have a right to criticize the government and to protest, Democracy allows it. You however shouldn’t use your platform to stoke the flames of war and pit us against ourselves.

We are first “human” before we became a member of your ethnic group or tribe.

Thank you.

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Gbenga S. Wemimo

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