Nigerian popular singer, Simi expressed her intolerable distaste for internet fraud, was she being patriotic or moral? Well, it should have a pinch of both elements coupled with some measures of bullying, cowardice and ‘disconnect’. She must be unaware of how Nigeria works and how likely her very own industry is fairing. Nigeria is one entire place of the earth. In this world, you are either in Nigeria or not.
Naira Marley who took up her statement was repping it up for the street. He is ‘connected’ and in tune with the realities of Nigeria. I want to believe he has had his share of the suffering of Nigerians, one good reason to ‘japa’.
You see, Nigeria is about survival in an extreme society. A tough one has got people losing their minds and sense of morality to survive. Isn’t that what life is all about, survival of the fittest. However with a machinery in place to work out a convenient or rather, an enabling society where people can play accordingly in respect to humanity and harmony.
Internet fraud is wrong in every manner and thought and there should be no argument about it. And it will be unfair and wrong to assume that it is the only means out of poverty in the streets. Nevertheless, what other means are readily available as such?
Unemployment rate is on a high, epileptic power supply, the economic capital is wasting the most important resource of man which is time; a place where some people spend an average of 6 hours in traffic every day for unknown or unexplainable reasons. Young people can’t appear successful, good and/or fine and not be mistaken for criminals by unhappy policemen.
You install your borehole for water, pay exorbitant bills for power you didn’t use and may have even bought the street power transformer together with other members of the community. May have even bought your real estate twice because of land touts. Thuggery is highly rewarded with political gestures and wealth. You are denied justice and oppressed for being poor.
The poverty in Nigeria is so peculiar that it vagaries taps into the sub-conscious and makes a beast out of a man. The suffering in Nigeria is major and some people feel they can just come on TV and tell or threaten people to stop the act. I wish it were that easy to just come on TV and tell politicians not to loot. Now, you see what I am talking about.
Where is the outcry and the anger when we talk of our stolen monies, where is this flair that drove Simi and can’t take shot at the looters? Situation can take the good out of a man, nevertheless, the man is responsible for his actions. Poverty in Nigeria is extreme and makes a beast out of people to evade it that from escaping the plague, you may become a plague. Some people will kill and mutilate, live the fast life and forget where they were coming from or astonishingly, ‘disconnect’ and forget the plight of their families, friends and loved ones after they cash out. As J Cole puts in, ‘the good news is you came a long way but the bad news is you went the wrong way’.
We must acknowledge that Nigeria is structurally victimizing, there is little or nothing you can say about some vices. Thus, it is the pressure and the survival instinct at play, isn’t it? Think about it.
Thus, the question is what must be done to break the general psyche that internet fraud is a way to breakthrough. Get it, that it is a crime or not is not the issue. The reaction and its embrace is a clear indication of what it is to survive in Nigeria. If you want to justify it in the sense, that it is somewhat a reparation system for slavery, then how has internet fraud help our community and black people as a people or race?
It is not to say also, that it is only Nigerians that does internet scam and fraud, a lot of Europeans and Americans do too. A 67-year-old American was caught as a Nigerian prince on the internet swindling people. Apparently, Nigeria seems to dominate the space, which has defaced the image of the country that has cost law-abiding Nigerians opportunities of a lifetime in the global scene.
As a people of virtue, internet fraud is not a choice even if it seems like the only glaring escape from poverty. Thus, we must find a way to reach it very root and legacy which lies in office of authority
The bruhaha of internet fraud and the facade behind psycho-morality of the vice as not a crime, and still not legitimate, unraveling the struggle of the average Nigerian youth. The 21st century youth living a society where a beast is made out of the totality of a man. If the struggles is to bring out the beast in us, then this is one beast evolving from many of us and is making the jungle worse.