Some Nigerians on social media have taken to micro-blogging site Twitter to reveal the breaking points which forced them to take a decision to leave the country.
A Twitter user Oluwaseun had shared a tweet asking Nigerians who have left the country to share the ‘last straw’ that made them take a decision to relocate.
“You guys that left Nigeria, what was the final straw that made you decide to leave.”
Like a wildfire, the tweet went viral sparking a series of reactions from Twitter users as they share hilarious and heartbreaking stories of why they left Nigeria for abroad.
The tweet has received hundreds of responses and retweets spotlighting some of the agonising experiences Nigerians are exposed to daily for living in the country.
A Twitter user said he took the decision after his brother was shot but an effort to get a police report before he could be treated at the hospital became difficult as the police officer they met on duty at the police station told them he had to complete his mobile phone game ‘candy crush’ before attending to them.
Brother was shot by a robber as he drove into our house. Rushed him to the hospital, hospital demanded police report before treatment, rushed to the police station, explained in details what happened and the officer said I should wait so he completes Candy crush stage 986.
— Van™ (@Orochymaru_) September 30, 2019
Another Twitter user Emery Cromwell-Ibie said Lagos traffic forced him to yield to his wife’s request to move out of the country.
Dropped off a friend travelling to Benin at God is Good, Ajah park early morning while I headed to my office in V/I. She called me 4 and a half hours later that she was in Benin. I hadn’t reached Lekki Phase 1 roundabout. Called my wife immediately to say “I yield, we’re leaving” https://t.co/waaEsFe7jH
— Emery Cromwell-Ibie (@Mr_Phronesis) September 30, 2019
See some of the reactions:
I was alone in abuja, 7 months pregnant and I had run out of fuel In my car. I was looking for where
To buy without queuing for 4 hours.finally found one nnpc where I had to beg and they let me buy. Called him crying I was done! We both moved back to CA. 2
— Chiamaka (@amakafinelady) October 1, 2019
Had everything set to leave but was still thinking “no place like home” till my car ran into a truck that stopped suddenly on lag-Ibd expressway,RCCG axis. No one believed I came out alive in the car, the driver kept dragging my car along till it was detached, left me and ran off pic.twitter.com/v7Y4mjfCRA
— ayorinde (@aydamak1) October 1, 2019
When I was at home fasting and praying for NDDC job which I got to the final stage (just credentials checking) meanwhile, the politicians’ candidates who were the only selected candidates from my state had resumed work unknowingly to me.
— Oluwaseun Oluwafemi-Akin (@akinsamol) September 30, 2019
I saw that! Worked in western house opp. l didn’t leave. greatest regret of my life
— iamtheOG (@IamtheOGee) September 29, 2019
I was too embarrassed to even discuss it with people. As I walked away from that interview, I made a decision to leave. Everytime I doubted that decision, something more stupid would happen.
— Chioma Nwigwe (@nwigweoma) September 29, 2019
No salary for 6months, half-salary for longer duration. Set a business, most went into charity for both d consumers and the workers. I couldn’t stand watching colleagues struggling for basic needs, neither was I ready to watch people die cos of money. At the peak of it, I left!!
— Ati adeleke (@atiadeleke) September 30, 2019
Though I still come to Nigeria often because of my mum who wouldn’t live abroad but whenever I am there, my heart is unsettled. I came back with my family in December, after traffic and bad roads and police wahala, my kids aren’t excited about visiting again.
— #Pray4Dadiyata|#FreeSowore (@OJwalker7) September 29, 2019
I made a solemn promise to leave the day Aregbesola (the worst governor ever)became minister
I realized that karma doesn’t really exist for these guys .
The political class will keep milking this country till it’s dead.
— inioluwa (@obexxy_) September 30, 2019
The day that tanker fell at Otedola bridge. Made me realise that no matter how much money I make, the social structures won’t support my living to enjoy the money.
— ChyG (@divaleeciousChy) September 29, 2019
The last straw was the lekki flood that happened in August and September 2017. Govt was onlooking; no emergency response team on ground.Spent over 4hr on traffic from Ikota to Agungi. I ran away and never looked back.
— OGUDU (@AforMikel) September 29, 2019
Someone once told me that being in Nigeria is like being in a domestic violence relationship. There’ll always be a reason to stay till it ends you, literally.
— Ibraheem Babalola (@IBBabalola) September 29, 2019
I was fanatically pro-Nigerian when I left Nigeria for a masters degree, with concrete plans and a laser focus to return. Then I fell in love… then I was contemplating settling in Nigeria with my wife… then Buhari won the election and Nigeria entered proper one chance!!
— Obi TheBridge Okoli 🇬🇧🇳🇬 (@obi_sage) September 29, 2019
Many things built up but the last straw:
Spent hours in court only for the case to be adjourned for the umpteenth time.
Client died weeks later in an accident getting to court from Jos to Abuja for the next adjourned date.
— Toyin (@toyinldr) September 29, 2019
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The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties, Dr Doyin Odebowale, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect was caught as a result of the reform carried out by the state’s Head of Service, Mr Alex Aragbaye.
Odebowale did not, however, state how long the woman had been collecting salaries.
He added that other suspects were arrested for alleged involvement in various corrupt practices.
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How my wife and I were humiliated, manhandled by Nigeria Police at Moore Police Station Ile Ife By Dr Abiodun Olabanjo
My wife and l are Medical Doctors practising in Ile Ife Osun state. While my wife works with OSHMB. I have a private hospital in Ile Ife. l had to drive my wife to her place of work this morning with the private hospital ambulance (Name of the hospital well written on the ambulance with Doctors stickers on the windscreen). We had passed through several police barricades on the way.
On getting to one of the barricades in front of Moore Police station, we stopped and they asked for our mission on the road, despite the lockdown declared by the Government, and we patiently introduced ourselves and told them where we work and the reason why I had to drive my wife to her place of work and also informed them that I would be coming back soon as I had a patient that was been prepared for surgery before I left the hospital.
To my surprise on my way back from State Hospital Oke Ogbo Ile Ife where my wife works unlike other checkpoints where we had passed, where they didn’t need to stop us again for questioning on seeing the same hospital ambulance, the police at the barricade in front of Moore decided to stop us again and we did.
They asked me again for my identity and I explained to them but they insisted on parking the ambulance despite all explanation. After some persuasion one of the police personnel ordered the barricade to be removed, a car in the front and we followed but as we drove on we heard a loud bang at the back of the ambulance with someone in boy scout uniform calling other policeman claiming we broke through their barricade.
We, therefore, decided to stop but before I could open the car door to come down they started hitting me from the car, slapping and dragging me out of the car saying we wanted to hit one of them.
I was kicked several times by these about 30/50 people who were not even aware of what transpired. On citing this my wife quickly came down to stop the one slapping and hitting me but they didn’t even allow her they started beaten and dragging her too to the police station.
We were then ordered to be locked up in the cell by the Area Commander without any interrogation.
Instead, they collected all our four phones our shoes and other personal belongings including the car key without allowing us to make any form of communication either to our people nor our lawyer.
It was one of our patients who witnessed the event that quickly reported the case at our hospital from where our lawyer was contacted.
It was our lawyer in company of the patient that was waiting for emergency caesarian section that came to bail us at the police station. As we speak now, we were told they threatened to charge us to court tomorrow for trial even without investigation calling us all sorts of names and concorted lot of lies against us.
Our questions are….. Are Doctors not permitted to go to their places of work during this lockdown? Is the hospital ambulance not permitted to move during lockdown?
Was it normal for the police officer to collect all our phones without allowing us to communicate either with our people or our lawyer……. Our phones were ringing several times and they were dancing and singing to the tunes despite telling them that someone was in distress. It is our desire to register our displeasure to the whole nation…….
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