The Deportation Era: it consequences for the Nigerian masses

It seems that the latest dimension to Nigeria's regional and state politics is the issue of deportation. all you see in the public media these days are stories of how this state deported indigenes of that state. it goes on and on and on.<br />
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In a nation that seems to be drawn into crisis week in week out, the recent deportation saga has successfully overshadowed the proceeding crisis involving the Nigerian senate alleged passage of a bill allowing child marriage, a brain child of senator Ahmed Yerima.<br />
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The 'deportation' (or reuniting with families as some camp choose to refer to it) of supposed Anambra state indegenes&nbsp; by the Lagos state government have thrown up some huge dusts that might possess some daunting political consequences for the principal players in the crisis.<br />
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The deportation or integrating with the home state can never be right or constitutional no matter the language used to described such inhumane act of dumping 'destitutes' at the Niger bridge head in the middle of the night by a state government. Be it 14, 64, 70 0r 72 as various reports claims, it does not and cannot justify such action.<br />
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The claims and counter claims and the politics they have generated ahead of the Anambra gubernatorial elections have well been talked about and highlighted in the press by various commentators and analyst. but nobody have ever talked about the 'destitutes' at the receiving end.<br />
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It is said that when two elephants fight, the grass suffers. the two states and the party they represent may be playing the dirty game of politics but what does it imply for the poor man on the street. who may just be picked up tomorrow, branded a destitute, detained and then shipped off and dumped under some bridge in the middle of night.<br />
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They are not interested in that game of politics. they are only interested in living and surviving in a country they call their own. this crises is an opportunity for the country to review the issues this deportation is throwing up; the issue of state of origin, poverty and housing. <br />
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I read a report saying that rivers state is set to deport some of its own destitute. if that happens, other states might as well follow suit and very soon, every Nigerian living in a state other than his home state might just become a second hand citizen susceptible to deportation at any time


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