On the face of it, the conclusion of that article would suggest that the writer is imbued with a keen sense of nationalist concern for the country's development. But even that apparently "progressive" sounding conclusion speaks volumes as to where the writer is coming from. In the immature supplication of the conclusion is embedded a now tiresome discourse, namely, that the Obasanjo regime is doing great, thanks to the epileptic but criminally expensive cell.phone system and the discredited privatization scheme. But beyond this puerile rehash of egregious pro-regime propaganda, one is confronted with some of the most bizarre assumptions regarding Nigerian emigration and expatriate living in general.
There is no serious intellectual effort on the part of the writer to tell us how the socio-economic behaviour of expatriate Nigerians differs substantially from that of other groups in their adopted countries. There is also the profoundly false assumption that expatriate Nigerians necessarily want to go back to Nigeria, to the extent that the writer completely ignores the fact that in America or Britain, a substantial demographic mass which may or may not lay claim to Nigeria as the land of its ancestors has been integrated in these Western democracies and knows no other country. The writer should be reminded that amongst even the very recent immigrants from Nigeria, most are doing fine- professionally and economically irrespective of the usual adversity new immigrants are faced with. To view Nigerians in the Diaspora from the anecdotal perception of illegal immigrants and owambe-loving individuals is the height of caricatural bias and stupidity. By the way, who loves owambe more than the kleptocratic Obasanjo regime which the writer would have us believe is performing wonders with the Nigerian economy? So, Obugi, don't ever feel any sense of guilt and enjoy your hard-earned dollars while in Naija. I just hope the writer is not ranting as a dump victim of one of the persons she seems to loathe so much. Today in Nigeria, a large segment of the youths and the adult population - starting with Mr. President - wants to ape America and the West. If the writer has trouble with that kind of mindset, it is at that local level she should focus her attention and not on the perceived mimicry of emigrate youngsters who may have a much more legitimate explanation for their behavioural patterns. :rollin :rollin :rollin