Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba - one of the deported Nigerians
In the last few days, the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa has been strained because of a diplomatic face-off. On March 2, 2012, the South African authorities deported 125 Nigerians for allegedly possessing fake yellow fever vaccine certificates. The action irked the Nigerian government and generated a public uproar in the country. The government demanded an unreserved apology from the South African government for the ill-treatment, but the SA government didn't budge. As a way of showing that it means business, the Nigerian government has deported 123 South Africans between Monday, March 5, and today!
While many Nigerians have hailed the government for 'acting appropriately' and have even urged the government to withdraw the operating licence of South African companies in Nigeria, my questions are still begging for answers:
"Would the Nigerian government have reacted in this manner if a serving Senator wasn't among those who were deported?"
"What is our government doing to ensure that Nigeria is struck off the 'Yellow Fever' list? I'm sure it is not all countries that are on that list."
Even if the South African government eventually apologises, it doesn't mean that the FG has recorded a major feat. It simply means that as usual, Nigerians' cries will only be heard when a 'strong person' is affected.
And that brings me to my last question:
"When will the FG stop playing to the gallery?"