Apart from the fact that the Government of Trump’s had already made immigrating to America difficult to many of the other parts of the world including Nigeria, and that had made so much of the abroad-seeking Nigerians shift their desires to move to America to moving to Canada. This is so obvious that I believe even the Canadian immigration and the documents evaluation bodies would know there are more Nigerians trying to move to Canada since Trump, and that is because Nigerians now see getting into America not easy anymore for people who have been and almost impossible for people who have never been. But apart from this fact that moving to America is now a difficult thing than it ever might have been, why are Nigerians reacting so punished to the recent US’s immigrant visa ban on Nigeria (and five other countries)? Why are their vexations expressed in no specific direction, like they don’t know who to be mad at—Nigeria, other Nigerians, the Nigerian Government, President Buhari, the rest of the banned countries, America, Americans, the American Government, or President Trump, or all of them put together?
If you have been paying any attention to how Nigerians are reacting to the visa ban, you would see glaringly that Nigerians feel like someone is punishing them with this ban or by causing this ban, and they don’t know who to catch for it, so they just point fingers to any direction hoping that someone would be there to be the victim of their finger-pointing. But Nigerians need to understand, first, that America had previously warned the world (excepting the countries Trump doesn’t like) that they would react to their bad systems of identification if something is not done to develop on them and have a reliable and trustable system of identification. Though many Nigerians are still there thinking the reason why Nigeria was visa-banned too (like the other countries banned) is because Nigeria is currently a warry country and going through severe insecurities, like Boko Haram, outburst of kidnapping, etc., some even think the ban is because Nigeria still refuses to legalize gay marriage, but that’s not it.
Though insecurity is the reason why US visa-banned Nigerian immigrants, but thinking it’s about gay marriage is wrong (Trump and his government are not even that much of supporters of gay marriage). Also, thinking it’s because of Boko Haram and the rampant kidnapping and so on is limiting the reason why Nigeria was banned to only the end-results of why Nigeria was banned. Nigeria was banned because of poor identification system, and that threatens America’s security as anyone with any cleanly fabricated identity could make their way into America to do harms in the country. Come to think of it, how hard is it to fabricate your identify in Nigeria? Easier than you ever can imagine. Just think of the so called “Yahoo Boys” having multiple identities, and having legal papers backing each identity up. If it’s that easy for some internet fraudster, how hard would it be for a terrorist to have multiple and legit identities? How hard at all would it be for a terrorist having the backing of some politicians? This can only mean if America don’t act by making this visa ban, no way they wouldn’t be letting people who could hurt Americans into America.
To think after several years of talking about it and doing one or two things about it using the network providers, the banks the examination bodies, and so on to make up a database of Nigerians, but we are yet to get there, one should be curious what the problem could be, and the problem is not that Nigeria is not trying to have a database of its citizens, the problem is this strive to have a database has been turned to some sort of business venture—everyone wants to make money from it, even the politicians. Which is why they are always coming up with something new about the registration of citizens every now and then and none of them is working efficiently yet. Whereas, it’s high time Nigeria actually took this identification and database things more seriously. It’s unsweet to the ears that Nigeria is still struggling to have an accurate database of its citizens. You could commit a crime somewhere and move elsewhere with no issues at all after you have changed a couple of things about yourself, and this is not good at all; not for Nigeria—a country currently going through so much threats, nor for America—a country everyone is angry with. So the ban on Nigeria is understandable.
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