The past few days have been particularly tough for Nigerians as there has been so much negativity about them in the global media space. There have been several occurrences following a major clampdown by the United States of America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Nigerians over fraud-related offences.
The offences and charges have affected other Nigerians who engage in lawful businesses as Nigerians are now tagged fraudsters and drug traffickers. Getting international jobs is not easy for Nigerians. Many of them have complained of not being offered jobs anymore because of their nationality.
In a tweet which has since gone viral, a social media user identified as Aaron Chukwuemeka, @AC_aarony revealed how he lost a juicy job offer because he’s a Nigerian.
According to Chukwuemeka, he was in an ongoing online job interview, and everything was going smoothly until he was asked about his nationality. He said after mentioning that he is a Nigerian, the offer was withdrawn.
Had a Skype interview this morning for a job in China, interview was going on smoothly until it got to the stage where I was asked what my nationality was. I responded with all confidence that I hold an African passport, Nigerian to be precise. Two seconds, the interviewer said
— Aaron Chukwuemeka (@AC_aarony1) August 30, 2019
Reactions followed the post as people wondered why innocent citizens should be made to suffer for the sins of a few. They also condemned the discriminatory action taken by the company against Aaron.
Aaron pls hold your head high. You are a Nigerian you are NOT Nigeria. The Chinese that gave you those useless conditions are also an unscrupulous people. We see how they run their businesses here & flood us with substandard products. Better days are ahead.
— Nkem4eva (@nwaegbe_nkem) August 30, 2019
Why are we been held responsible for crimes committed by some group of people?? This is insane. Other countries citizens do commit murder and other atrocities and all the citizens are not been held responsible. This is injustice.
— __tickles1759__ (@tickles1759) August 30, 2019
The way this "I am a Nigerian" is closing doors ehn 😭😭😭
— Da Mayor of Tweet City 🌎 (@iam_damayor) August 30, 2019
Nairametrics had reported that not less than 80 Nigerians were listed by the United States Government for engaging in fraudulent activities. The FBI described this as one of the biggest frauds that have gone down in history.
The United States Department of Justice released a list of the group of fraudsters who were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft among other substantive charges.
Just some days after the FBI clampdown, about 23 convicted Nigerian drug couriers were placed on death row in Saudi Arabia.