Nigeria is possibly the only country on planet Earth, where being a citizen carries nothing along with it. It is also a country where the ruling class has an unsurpassed disregard for the common man.
Also lacking in the Country is the bond of Nigerianness. So much that all you need to get a government contract in Nigeria is to front a White or Arab man.
When you travel abroad, the Nigerian queue at Immigration Control is the longest – sometimes it takes hours for us to be cleared to enter the country of our destination – as we watch the citizens of that country re-enter their country with ease and dignity.
The irony is that on our return trip back home, the Nigerian queue is again the longest and slow moving – as Nigerians watch again foreigners enter their country with ease and dignity that are not extended to us (Nigerians). What we get is rather harrassment and extortion from Immigration, Customs, NDLEA etc. operatives.
The above represent the tragedy of the Nigerian state, where foreigners are valued more than the citizens. The best areas of the country are reserved for foreigners, including Lebanese, who may be peasants in their own country.
A Nigerian man, Ajibola Akinsete went on Twitter on Sunday to narrate how a policeman assaulted him at a shopping mall on Lagos Island over a video he recorded at HandH Restaurant and Cafe of a Lebanese man assaulting a Nigerian.
On his Twitter handle, Akinsete @madejibo said the incident happened on Friday when he went to the mall to watch a movie.
While on his way out after the movie, he said he saw the Lebanese man assaulting the Nigerian inside the Restaurant.
It is understood from the Video, that the poor Nigerian was demanding his wage after working for his Lebanese “master”.
According to Akinsete, he brought out his phone to record it, but paid a price for his attempt to discharge a civil duty of being his brother’s keeper.
He said, “The Lebanese man saw me and accosted me with the sole aim of seizing my phone. I tried to resist but he overpowered me. At this point, a group of security men came including a man who introduced himself as the Chief Security Officer.
“The CSO ordered I handed over the phone to him but I blatantly refused. He sent a guard to call the police. A policeman came and without listening to my side of the story gave me a deafening slap and dragged me by my trousers (like a criminal) to a police post within the premises.
“I was forced by the police, Novare’s security and the Lebanese man to delete the video from my phone. The staff that was been beaten by the Lebanese was cajoled to say that the Lebanese man was only playing with him.
“Under so much duress by the police, I was told to write a statement which was dictated to me. For the fear of my safety, I complied. The Lebanese man also claimed that I cut his wristwatch strap, but in the video, he had no wristwatch on while he was beating the staff.
The police said for taking the video I had done something criminal according to the law of the land. I was left to go around 1230am.
“On my way to my car the Lebanese man tried to offer me money but I refused. After driving to safety by a stroke of thought, I recovered the video and posted it on Instagram.”
See the video and tweet thread below: