THE ABSURDITY OF ALIENATION OF FELLOW NIGERIANS.

In a remark, in response to my comment on a friend's page, one Ayi Emopkeo had this to say "we are not gaddem O". Now, any  well- traveled Nigerian understands that sarcasm." Goddamn" is a curse word often used by Americans, while the British use "bloody". These are unique to each country. I instantly realized what she was eluding to, and did take offense to it. It is one of many remarks our siblings,residing at home, have felt at ease to express, including "you folks overseas should leave us alone", as if there are two distinct people involved here.

One's nationality, once decided by natural birth, cannot be questioned. It's presupposed with inalienable rights. No length of distance nor absence can mitigate it. Anyone who disapproves of this axiom, automatically questions and insults God's purpose or intention. And from what all holy books say, such exercise is evidence of a serious lack of God's work, choices and destiny offered to the humankind.

Unfortunately, some homeland residing Nigerians, besieged by ignorance, continue to attempt to estrange their distant residing siblings, as if by the fact of their current absence, they have completely lost or forfeited these inalienable rights. This attitude or mindset is diminutive and an indisputable reflection of a "complex" deeply rooted in envy and selfishness. Estranging a fellow countryman or woman, to borrow from the British, questions their rights and responsibility, to speak on any issues of their interest, concerning Nigeria, by the sheer fact of their absence from home, in my opinion, is toxic absurdity and exclusion. I do not know of any moral authority, basis, upon which such absurdity arises, neither do I know of any constitutional clauses that deprive one of these entrenched rights accorded by birth.

Quite often, it is common to witness one Nigerian expecting and demanding silence from another Nigerian, on issues, simply because the other Nigerian is distant residing. The lack of understanding, that common purposes are shared, destiny binding, is troubling. It sets a very ugly divisive tone and posturing, that ought to be decried by all progressive and enlightened Nigerians. All Nigerians, home or abroad, share equal rights, to engage in any exercise of their choice.

Some of our siblings in Nigeria, have serious issues and need to understand that being away has not diminished our responsibilities as Nigerians.  As a matter of fact, many Nigerians abroad, are making more major contributions in their various villages and towns, individually and collectively, than their siblings at home. In many of these villages and towns, across Nigeria, they have become the "pillars of society" by binding themselves in small groups and associations, denying themselves of some of life's pleasures, to provide for their extended families at home, raise funds to build and rebuild schools, medical facilities, replace electric transformers, address flooding and safety issues, just to mention a few. They have, essentially, become the "invisible government" at home. Are these the hallmark of people who have abandoned Nigeria, as some of these isolationists attempt to claim and insist? I do not think so.

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