There is no doubt that there is unrest in this country, even in places we would have considered centers for peace -neighborhood and religious organizations.
However, sadly, F-SARS has contributed to the unrest.
There are times when these people jumped over the fence of my house. A day, they came to search my apartment based on rumors, and “we heard an information.” I mean, about 6 people came to searching a 2-bedroom flat of a husband and wife.
Funnily, their warrant had no name, not for my street, not for my house, not for my apartment. They came to raid a 10-flat apartment because we were “young blood”.
Although they had nothing on me, it was a humiliating experience.
I understand the pain of freelancers and online-based content creators. Is it not funny that, in 2020, anyone who has a laptop, an Android device without a formal payroll job, is considered a criminal and fraudster?
If not for a failed country, many people didn’t start out to be freelancers. Many didn’t start out to work online. The country that failed to care for her own led many to find other ways for themselves. Despite being youthful, agile, adventurous, and dangerous, they didn’t use the energy as thugs, thieves, civilian-militants. They looked for honest means online. That led them to online markets, where, undeniably, they face racism. (Except we want to be delusional, racism exists on the part of owners/developers of various freelancing apps, international payment platforms, and clients that use such platforms, against Africans, Nigerians especially).
My experience is relatively better and helpful than many others who are hustling to make ends meet.
My next-door neighbor was once macheted by these people. They are supposed to make the community good, better.
If they were ever interested in our peace, we would have known it. How many “yahoo boys” have been truly convicted in Nigeria? There is no denying to the disturbing statistics of internet fraudsters in this country. And I am sure every day, many of them are caught. But how many of them truly sleep in prison? How many of them are denied “bail through bribe” and allowed to serve terms in jail?
This is a situation of choosing between two evils.
We die every day. But the people have spoken. We would rather die gradually than to have a painful death at once/sudden.
Someday, when the glory comes, if it ever does, I hope it’d be ours. Really.
Whew! This turned out to be longer than I had thought.