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Deportation is not a death sentence
Author: alexander ezike | May 24, 2015



It has become a disturbing tradition, a nightmarish situation and a horrific joke to hear about or witness the self-destructive measures, suicide attempts and defensive risks adopted or integrated by some Nigerians who may find themselves on the edge of deportation or removal from a foreign nation – a nation they deem as a land of opportunity – a land flowing with milk and honey – a land with greener pastures.

There are indeed certain factors that could motivate this unhealthy or impolitic behavior but it is not enough to warrant self-destruction. For didactic reasons, I have chosen to sensitize the public especially those incarcerated, jailed, detained or locked up in foreign countries for various offenses or crimes committed – those alienated, rejected, refused, or disapproved from being an integral part of that specific region, state, or country.

There are consequences for every action we take; hence it is very imperative to be conscious of our deeds, the company we keep and the decisions we make when we are at home or occupying a space in a foreign land. Those who choose to violate the laws of an alien territory for whatsoever reason do so at their own peril, hence they are liable for the repercussive outcome – regardless the status, nationality, age or other factors of consideration.

For every crime or offense committed there should be an adequate dispensation of punishment based on the rule of law to balance the Justice Equation – To avoid being a scape goat, it is highly suggested that we filter our minds, by configuring our character from a moral stand point so we can be able to make wise or upright decisions that will be in resonance with the moral or legal ethics in our global society. Having said that, I'd now wish to drive my points in relation with the above title of this essay – Deportation is not a death sentence. History has shown that those who choose to immigrate to another country do so for various reasons. For some it may be a desire or an obsession to experience something unusual and exciting – like an adventure. For some it could be a missionary quest – a spiritual journey – a pilgrimage visit – an apostolic campaign. For others, it could be a hunt for business opportunities or the quest for academic success and scholastic achievements. But the most prevalent or causative factor is the quest for greener pastures which is motivated by the rhythm of poverty. And this disturbing factor ultimately leads to the warranted escape or the desperate migration from a region, state, or country choking under the strangle hold of corruption.

Hence, I wish to state without any reservation that – people (victims) who choose to seek redemption elsewhere (abroad) as a result of the chronic corruption from the corridors of government which has plunged their country into a hellish and unlivable ground – and has forced them to become perpetual victims rather than proud citizens are justified. No one deserves to live in a pitiful condition. It is true that there is no place like Home, but is it possible to refer to Hell as home? I guess the bitter truth will be NO. But that is what the leaders of Nigeria have built for the people – Hell!

A typical reason why most immigrants assume the self-destruction mode as a defensive mechanism to escape deportation – even though their action is understandable, it is not enough to be considered pure. But the causal effect of corruption has led to this grave danger – a nightmare framed by the leaders in power – this political atrocity has become a norm in our plural world of racial, ethnic, and religious diversity. I do not wish to approve or endorse the unethical or dishonest measures, treacherous schemes and wayward ambitions adopted by some Nigerians in alien vicinities in a desperate attempt to achieve financial redemption or remain indefinitely or permanently in a place they deem as – Heaven.

These subscribed actions are vile, debased and morally repugnant; hence they stand to be corrected. It is true that we the citizens have been made perpetual victims and modern slaves in our country of origin but that is not an express permission or an ultimate reason for us to be cobwebbed in the string of criminal activities. Honesty they say is the best policy, hence a honest attitude should take the monopoly rights in the moral, intellectual and behavioral disposition of our existence – for it is better not to immigrate at all than to do so with a cogent mission of being notorious or posing as a menace to the owners of the land – and at the detriment of our country's image.

Most foreign nations have been peopled by victims or citizens of Nigeria who see ‘'escape'' as the only option to redemption. It is no longer peculiar or surreal to hear obnoxious tales about Nigerians who have imposed a death sentence on themselves by behaving self-destructively in a desperate attempt to escape deportation. The reasons for this disturbing behavior may differ but channeled on the same current of emotion and that is – to escape from a place deemed as hell.

But what happens when the owners of the land have chosen to uproot the unwanted plants from their territorial foundation or geographic location based on legal or moral grounds? Should that be considered the end of the world? Deportation is considered a just action when laws have been broken – but it is noteworthy to state that the deportation or forceful removal of ‘'vulnerable'' immigrants from a foreign nation to a place of consequence is inhuman and morally repugnant especially when the human rights of these ‘'people'' have been abused – such sadistic measure stands to be corrected.

In order words, there are factors to be considered when dealing with a delicate issue of this magnitude. Hence, a systematic, critical and humanistic approach is paramount to ensure that victims under social, political, economic or religious threats are not plunged to untimely death through the act of deportation. The nonstop invasion or escape of Nigerians to foreign nations could become a thing of history if the leaders are patriotically inclined.

In order words, the leaders of this great country most recognize their position, they must be conscious of their responsibility and their roles in the field of government. Leadership is not a business venture or a lucrative enterprise – it is a call to service but for some great purpose. Those who desire to occupy positions or seats of power must be ready and willing to serve and not to be served. It is time the wealth of this great nation reflects in the visible image of the economy. It is time the citizens of this great nation partake in the celebration of national freedom.

Show me a country under the strangle hold of corruption and I will show you a people disenfranchised, a people enslaved, a people victimized and a people with no value! Most of us may be fated to have been born and raised in a country infested with or characterized by political crisis, religious intolerance, and economic backwardness but these factors shouldn't in any way undermine who we are – our principles and moral values. We are the change we've been waiting for – the change needed to transform the corporate existence of our nation – to make it livable and habitable – to make it the envy of other nations.

We cannot improve the lot of our nation by painting a bad image of it in a foreign land through our wayward ambitions and dishonest actions. Two wrongs cannot make a right. If the leaders of our nation have chosen to be irresponsible and unreliable, we the citizens – the macroscopic majority of the nation shouldn't mirror their despicable ways. When there is a collective or a unanimous display of madness from the corridors of government to the door posts of the masses then the promising future of our great country will be seriously jeopardized. This hypothetical or conditional proposition no doubt violates with the principle of rational behavior. Albert Einstein once quoted – ‘'the significant problems we faced cannot be solved at the level of thinking we were at when we created them''. In order words, we must amp our thoughts with clarity and with the embodiment of moral and logical correctness.

It may be controversial to declare that our cultural relativistic approach in achieving personal redemption by escaping from our country of origin to an alien society through every means possible is irrational. But it is even more inductive and logically bankrupt to accept suicide as the final resort to escape deportation or to avoid returning back home.

Finally, there is a special place for every one of us in our country of consequence. It is true that the land may be unbearable, filled with hardship and crisis but isn't also true – that this country we refer to as Hell is the only place we can call our own?



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