There are good reasons why our non-profit, SWACIN should work with National Association of Seadogs (NAS) the Nigerians diaspora group in Japan. Nigerian diaspora are those who had taken all their strength to get away from their homeland because of the dim future where most Nigerians are trapped by all sorts of troubles. This is not intimately understood by the international community, and to illustrate, Nigerian society is like huge quick sand where once individuals fall into the categories of the poor, they keep their foot drugged without hope of ever getting out of it for a life time. Only those who are lucky enough to enter government have the chance to enjoy economic security, but they impair visions for justice by putting their hands on corruption.
It is sad fact that Japanese government’s funds have not reached to the poor populations in Nigeria—such as light, water and effective legal systems. In pursuit of Millennium Development Goal, U.S., England, and Japan provided fund to support Nigeria through the government but hardly had it reached to the very people who needed it. According to the World Bank report, the government of Nigeria received approx. $23.48 billion dollar revenues from its own oil revenue resource, and additional assistance generated $1,915,820,000 from oversea aid, Net official development assistance, such as loans and grants in 2012 alone. As I am writing, there still are no lights, and no welfare scheme to help the poor in Nigeria. No police ever come rescue the victims even if someone regularly suffers from violence.
Adding to its total lack of support to the poor, Nigeria has built up its bad names for itself. The youth in Nigeria who are gone overseas frequently are brought to the media attentions around the world for committing fraud, embezzlements, and infamous Nigerian letters. These Nigerians are portrayed, not as victims of unsteady and uncaring Nigerian political systems, but as well-to-do trouble makers. Obviously they do not earn much compassion. Therefore, without understanding the internal problems of the country, one can easily frame Nigerian youths as criminally motivated and spoiled by oil rich disposable income. You may hear horror stories of the Nigerian diaspora being arrested just because they are Nigerians.
The Minister of Information and Communications, Dora Akunyili had called for Rebranding Nigerian Project in 2009 and pointed out that innocent Nigerians had been arrested indiscriminately and some had been denied visas simply because they were Nigerians. This was not only in Japan, but it was world-wide. Prof. Dora put considerable efforts in portraying good images of Nigeria, but she had not done enough to help the youth feel it was worth staying in the country. So what is the result of all this? Not only do most Nigerians still suffer from the unemployment and poverty, but also earn minimal compassions and attentions, while the Nigerian government systematically and habitually outwit the international community and get away with its loot supposedly reserved for the poor.
Can Japan do anything about it? Japan cannot or will not change how Nigerian government is misusing the fund and mistreating its own people. International communities should stop giving money to the government of Nigeria, or Nigeria must stop misusing the international public fund, but start providing it to the poor. Or the corrupt system continues to affect the rest of the world by driving away youths from their own home land, who are going over the edge, finding no way out, being compelled to commit crimes in foreign lands. It solely is a trap planted by the devilish systems.
Voicing against vicious circle done by the Nigerian government, the gigantic system bribing its way out to bend justice, amassing its wealth and sacrificing women and children won’t do much overnight. But there are things to be done. What is that? My advice is directed toward NAS, which represents not only the Nigerian diaspora, but the poor and needy in Nigeria. “Collaborate with the Japanese government and help the Japanese government to help you!” (As the result of collaborating with SWACIN) is the message. It is useful to know that the Japanese government wants to achieve the highest quest in many fields around the world. "Allow the Japanese government to undertake projects such as purification of water, health care, poverty alleviation etc. With your humble and honest cooperation, you would help the Japanese government to do your favor." This is the message to NAS. Bear in mind, though, the Japanese government will not continue if you trouble them, like fighting, cheating, lying, threatening, killing or kidnaping—they won’t say or do anything but withdraw entirely and ban its people to come visit Nigeria.
Another reason why the Japanese government wants to help the poor in Nigeria may be the climate change and global warming. Japan cannot solve the nagging environmental problems caused by the depletion of ozone layers and increasing green-house effects. To reduce the impact of climate change means to provide the poor with education and employment so that they are informed and protected from landslide, flood, fire, drought, earthquake, etc. We are living in the era of what one country does affect the conditions of other countries. Therefore, helping the poor is crucial in today’s world.
This is what SWACIN in Japan has reached out to the Nigerian diaspora group, NAS (National Association of Seadogs) for. Take note, the missions of both organizations are strikingly similar. Both want to “Help the Poor.” SWACIN wants more networks, while NAS wants more support from the Japanese government. Both can provide each other’s needs, and it is a perfect marriage, sort of, if that is the God’s will, let it be, with no time!
Our world today is inter-dependent; no one is an island. It is time to consider Others' needs. Selfish profit-making ends in the destruction—Remember, how the Ogoniland is destroyed by oil producing corporations and the result is the tragic world-class global warming? As a founder and CEO of SWACIN Inc., I have no doubt that this collaboration will be a lift to poverty, violence, environmental disaster, and the suffering of women and children in Nigeria, that is my personal and our organizational goals.
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