Africans living in voluntary and compelled exile:
Do we deserve the “comfort” of exile, if we are only concerned about the comfort of our immediate families?
We all realize that a country like Nigeria has become a lion’s den, and many of the citizens feel trapped inside it.
We realize that many of us escaped with nothing in our pockets. I left with only $98 in my pocket in 1992.
We realize that many countries, especially Nigeria, treated us badly, and continues to treat its citizens without care, deprived of the basic amenities of life.
But: when we reach the land of exile, should we not reach back and do something for those who are trapped in the country?
When I left, I swore I would never return to Nigeria. I know of people who tore their Nigerian passports after reaching the land of exile.
But do we have a responsibility to those who are unable to leave?
I am not speaking of distributing money and material things to the beggars: do we have any responsibility to salvage Nigeria from the leeches?
And if so, what can we do?