The rich people in Nigeria are getting poorer – Man narrates

A man’s experience at the re-union party with his old school mates, has given him the impression that the rich people in Nigeria are getting poorer, which he believes is a thing of concern.

The man, while making his point on twitter, lamented on how most of his mates cannot afford to send their kids to the same expensive schools their parents had had them educated while they were growing up.

The rich people Nigeria are getting poorer - Man narrates lailasnews
The rich people Nigeria are getting poorer – Man narrates


He then wondered how life would be for the average Nigerian if the members of the upper class are losing their status of being at the top echelon in the society.

Read his post below:

I attended my secondary school alumni meeting yesterday and I felt really, really sad about Nigeria. Bear in mind this is Atlantic Hall we’re talking about, so pretty much all of us won the birth lottery to begin with. But EVERYBODY IS LEAVING NIGERIA. This is not a drill.

None of us is struggling. We’re all late 20s to early 40s. By Nigerian standards, we are *balling*. Everybody showed up in a nice car, we all have successful businesses and careers. No one would see us and imagine that we are anything but Nigeria’s elite. Then we started talking.

First of all, the common theme was “Why did I come back?” None of us could say with a straight face. Every single one of us regretted returning to Nigeria. Without an exception. We all left careers abroad to chase a Nigerian dream that has turned into a Jordan Peele horror flick.

Those of us with kids all said the same thing: “I’m leaving because of their secondary school.” None of us can afford to send our kids to the very school we are alumni of. N3.5m per annum? What if you have 2 kids. Totally unrealistic. So, Canada. UK. US. Germany. Australia.

Again I should stress that none of us is looking for bread. We’re all successful people in our own right. But Nigeria has taken the difficulty bar from where our parents met it and placed it somewhere far out of reach, even for its best and brightest.

Now my question is this: If people like us whose parents owned property and did well for themselves before they died can no longer afford to remain in Nigeria because we are getting poorer, then what about everyone else? Mr political elite, pls what is the plan? I don’t see one.

Ordinarily, we are the lucky ones that should be consolidating on what our parents achieved and building legacies. Instead we are disposing of the property they worked for and moving abroad because Nigeria wants to strangulate us. What is the plan?

Are you trying to run a country without a middle class? Do you want every kind of successful professional to move to Canada before you are satisfied? Who will fly your jets? Who will give you primary healthcare before you fly abroad? Who will manage your money? What is the plan?

Me I’m just saying o, because if people whose parents built houses in VI and Ikoyi are selling them and emigrating, you should know that something unprecedented is coming. These are not Masters degree hustlers. These are Nigeria’a silent elite. Leaving. In a stampede.

Me I don’t have any property to sell thank heaven, because my family is unorthodox so nobody should come after me in my miniflat in Gbagada. Hustle ni mo’n se l’owo. But I’m just saying. I feel like Nigeria is a TV series approaching the final episode. I feel real, actual dread.

That’s all I will say sha. As you were.

 

One Comment

  1. It is very sad that Nigeria is one of the most unrealistic countries in the world, if not the most unrealistic. Except something drastic is done, Nigeria may become a heap of ruins because the young minds at the moment are not factored into the equation of current and future events. Those who are stealing would soon find it difficult to survive because they are captivated by the craze to continue to steal, while many young minds graduate from tertiary institutions with no jobs. Let us wait and see what happens in a couple of years. I do not encourage those living abroad to suddenly relocate back to Nigeria. If you must do so please, always make sure that your stake outside Nigeria surpasses what you have within Nigeria. The system of governance is such that mighty men are drowned and permanently frustrated. The only thing that works in Nigeria is politics because that is the place where looting is the order of the day. What does it cost the government to create an enabling environment? We boast of generating 5,000 MW of electricity which is not up to half of what Johannesburg in South Africa uses daily. It is not that we cannot make things to work. The problem is that greedy and rich politicians thrive on the misfortune of Nigeria. Remember that there was a time that our railway system collapsed because of haulage business from the North? Now there is a shift to other things. What about the wave of kidnapping and Boko Haram attacks ravaging the north? What about friends and family who are endlessly waiting to impoverish you because they have been stripped off everything they ever had and worked for? My heart bleeds for my country because it is not only the ruling class that is a problem. The mind set of an average Nigerian is terrible and anti-progress. They continue to elect fraudsters to rule them while they are paid lunch allowances while voting. Nigeria is a country that swallows mighty men of valour.

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