Now hollup hollup, it is one thing to beg but another thing even worse is to pick from someone’s purse! Iya begiratu/thief at the airport, how terrible! The trip was a great opportunity for the young lady travelling alone and you decided to take from her? It just makes me wonder, would you steal from your daughter or younger sister? Madam, wouldn’t you be happy for her instead and wish her a safe and successful trip? How can this ugliness in the system be erased? This is actually terrible! I am so thankful that she got help from her friend in Ethiopia. If she had not gotten help and had been deported, it would have been a stain on her reputation, a loss of a great opportunity and an emotional trauma for the young lady. Olamide insisted that the case be tweeted and posted on social media till she is attended to or till she returns to Nigeria. Well, Olamide is back to Nigeria. She went to FAAN and her case was looked into. She was asked to write a statement that included her time of arrival, what she was wearing etc. Thanks to CCTV, the culprits were identified, arrested and detained. Their family members were asked to refund her money. She has been receiving calls and her money is ready in Dollars. She is thankful to everyone who stood up for her. I am so happy for her. The truth is, a lot of corrupt Nigerians get away with their evil deeds because their victims don’t know the appropriate authority to take their cases to. I believe so many people are comfortable with the ‘Nigerian syndrome’ and just accept whatever is thrown at them. Does your bank, network provider, or any official body treat you anyhow or does not let you exercise your right? My dear, escalate it. There are protection bodies that will actually attend to you. If you don’t raise your voice, you won’t be heard. There is social media, twitter especially. Mehn I love Twitter, there are numbers to call, head offices to report to. If you don’t fight for your right, the right will not fight for you. I know somebody who I am a hundred percent sure cannot be treated anyhow because she knows where to take her cases to. She has had a lot of people like this Iya begiratu dealt with and brought to book. Let’s not look down completely on our beautiful country, Nigeria. There are actually authorities out there willing to listen to us if we go to them.
Olamide has been asked to let the case die down and not say anything about it anymore. But what if she did not get help from the Ethiopian savior and her passport was stamped and she was deported? So dear readers, I would like to ask you, if you were in her shoes, will you let the case die down or will you take it up? Please let me know in the comment section. Thank you.
*begiratu- A Yoruba slang used to mock a person who begs too much; a greedy person.
Used in a sentence: "Are you a begiratu?" "Begiratu, go and buy your own."