By Modupe Onanuga:This morning, I read about two Nigerians killed in South Africa again. Why are we still doing PR for this country? Why are South African companies still thriving in Nigeria when they show animosity to Nigerians in SA? One Nigerian from Ogun State was a trader there and a South African forcefully took some of his goods without paying, maybe the Nigerian became indignant and tried to get his money back.
What he got was being stabbed and left to bleed to death on the roadside for 5 hours. Remember the South African immigration officer that extorted 1,000 rands from me, well, we tried to bring him to book. I had a lot of help from Olori Supergal and South African Tourism. A lovely lady from the Department of Home Affairs in SA wanted me to make a police affidavit over there on the day I was returning to Lagos and was even more agitated over the case than I was.
You may ask why I waited until the day i was leaving SA to press charges but many people warned me that I should value my life. The Home Affairs lady stressed that she wanted to weed out the corrupt officers in her team but as much as I wanted to pursue this, I could not miss my flight which was to take off for Lagos in 10 minutes and stay in the country, for what? She begged that I issued an affidavit from Lagos police and send to her. I was told that this officer could not be traced because he didnt scan my passport on to the system at my point of entry.
Makes me wonder if anything violent had happened, was there any evidence that I made entry into SA? Thank God I followed my guts and came home to Lagos. Would I have been stabbed too for standing up for myself? Security officials from the airline I took followed me to the South African Immigration office for protection but you could see the palpable disapproval on their faces that I wanted to pursue the case. I confronted one of them about his thoughts and he shook his head like maybe I should just let it go, that he knows the officer was wrong.
No one wants to fight for any wrong to be made right especially if it does not affect them directly. If you kill an American in a foreign country and it becomes public knowledge, the government of the United States of America would definitely look into the matter thoroughly and seek for justice. MOST South Africans do not like foreigners especially Nigerians, all these guys making South Africa look good to us do so because of personal gratification or maybe they are lucky enough to have a better experience.
Maybe their story will change one day when the facts hit them right in the faces. Which is ok. I’m letting this go because my spirit says so. I am not sure I will be using the remaining 3 months Visa I was given as I am a bit traumatised by my experience. If I feel like a vacation, I’ll just check in to the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos or go to greet the Emiratis.
Do not go to SA to live as a resident, I saw a lot of our brothers living unsavoury lives they cant live here. I advise you remain in Nigeria as a first class citizen. Life is way too priceless.