Fred wonders why Nigerians are mistreated inside and outside their country, given the examples of last weekend’s Saudi visa treatment and the local governorship polls.

Random musings on a sad day…

Our president went to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but things didn’t go well. In fact, we were over excited with the visit that we carried fake news of lifting of visa and travel ban. It never, has not, happened.

Our president went to Saudi Arabia. AirPeace Airlines on a scheduled flight with over 264 passengers going for lesser hajj was humiliated.

As of the last count, 177 of the 264 passengers were turned back after our embassy in that kingdom intervened.

Their visas were cancelled on arrival. Nobody has told us why.

They were duly screened in Lagos, Abuja, and Kano before excitedly flying to Jeddeh.

First Nigerian carrier to fly directly to Saudi Arabia and passengers paid in local currency, which didn’t require that our scare foreign exchange be repatriated abroad.

Saudi flag carrier flies from Kano and elsewhere with no hitches.

In the spirit of reciprocity, and BASA, we should be allowed to fly to Saudi.

In the absence of a national carrier, AirPeace is our flag carrier.

But not to the Saudis.

Is this disrespect?

Is it insult?

Do we still count among the comity of nations?

Why are we being treated this way?

The so-called giant of Africa with petrodollar like Saudi?

Then the elections.

I was hoping that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu would have made it clear to INEC that the governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi should be used to restore voters’ faith in our electoral process after the February 2023 elections, which were marred by controversies.

Instead, things went from worse to “woster,” apologies Eselu enu ego.

If we thought that last February elections were largely peaceful, free and fair, and voters made their choices, as some people made us to believe, what happened in these three states leaves much to be desired.

I read from some netziens this morning, asking those who were roundly rigged out not to waste their time going to court.

One of my friends asked that we allow the INEC and the judiciary to select our leaders.

I’m tempted to add security agencies and thugs, too.

Unfortunately, the way we conduct government businesses at home determines how we are seen and treated abroad.

If you disagree with me, then you’re either a beneficiary or a beneficiary lawyer who will go to court to win or to lose.

Like a circus, it goes round and round.

Meanwhile, Labour is starting another gra gra today until when they’re settled.

It is habitual. Don’t expect any serious protests from labour. Those who organised such protests in the past are either in government or the government.

Meanwhile, I’m sad.

And I’d tell you guys why later.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

Fred Chukwuelobe

Fred, a celebrated journalist and communication expert, is the Chief Operating Officer of Pointsize Communications Ltd.


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