Sunday, August 02, 2009

The grass is greener...

Being too lazy to endure the interminable—and disjointed—night bus ride back home this evening, I got a cab. It was driven by a very nice Nigerian chap, who had a degree in statistics from a Nigerian university, and a degree in IT from one of our wonderful institutions. All of these qualifications and yet driving a cab—was he bitter?

Nope. He said, "What I love about this country is that you can make for yourself the life that you want. I'm not in IT, but I work for myself. It's very good."

I'll admit that this disquisition—which was far longer than the snippet that was quoted above—made your humble Devil perversely proud. I guess this is what it is like supporting a football team—you had bugger all to do with their victory, and yet you feel proud of their achievements.

Maybe our country is not as bad as we paint it? Are we just jaundiced?

Or is it that our country is good, despite the best efforts of the collection of spiteful, corrupt, morally bankrupt bastards that rule us?

Yes, I think that's it.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Having worked in Nigeria, I would take all claims to Nigerians' academic qualifications with a healthy scepticism.

Anonymous said...

I suspect if you checked into the Nigerians immigration status you would most likely find he was an overstayer. I am reminded of the old adage. How do you know when a Nigerian is lying? Answer. When his lips are moving.

John B said...

The problem with this country, however, is that it's infested with horrible bigots like the two commenters above.

For fuck's sake, even if Nigerian CVs are suspect, why would a *cabbie* lie to his customer that he had a degree. And so what if he's an overstayer? He should be granted permanent residency, as should anyone who wants to work here, preferably at the expense of the cunts who think they're better than him.

Call me Infidel said...

And so what if he's an overstayer? He should be granted permanent residency, as should anyone who wants to work here

Let me try and explain this in terms that even a half-wit like you will understand. If he is an overstayer then he is breaking the law. Furthermore he is taking work away from someone else who is in the UK legitimately. The answer is not to give residency to liars and crooks. The real solution is to get some of the 5 million odd deadbeats on welfare to get off their spotty arses and get jobs.

Do you think by giving residency to every illegal immigrant we will solve the problem of illegal immigration? You need to stop drinking the Kool Aid.

Martin said...

Ah, Call me Infidel, there might seem to be those and such as those...

John B said...

Do you think by giving residency to every illegal immigrant we will solve the problem of illegal immigration

I don't understand the question: if illegal immigrants aren't doing real crime (ie crime that hurts others, rather than breaking daft administrative rules) and aren't claiming benefits, then there isn't a problem of illegal immigration.

JuliaM said...

Unless you like your culture and the surroundings you grew up in gradually replaced by what, to you, is an alien culture...

Charles said...

JohnB: 'For fuck's sake, even if Nigerian CVs are suspect, why would a *cabbie* lie to his customer that he had a degree .'


I have worked in Nigeria for 7 years, and am astounded by your naivity,and I am sure that most of my Nigeria friends and colleagues would have a wry laugh at your gullibilty. Have you ever been to Nigeria? Go there for a while and learn about a different 'heirarchy of needs' that is clearly alien to you.

Charles said...

If you do go to Nigeria, you may also get an idea of why 'Call me infidel' supports the rule of law.