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Mavi Mudiaga: Reply to Oluwaseun Babajide – Has the UK Goofed with the £3,000 Visa Bond Policy?

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In the second quarter of this year, the British Government announced a potential new immigration policy, which proposes a £3000 visa bond for short-term visitors from Nigeria, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Ghana and Pakistan. The said bond would be deposited while crossing the United Kingdom (UK) border and upon the visitor’s legal exit (i.e. leaving the UK on or before the visa expiry date), the bond would be returned. There are other technical details e.g. the potential targets, reasons/justifications for the policy, etc., which I would spare you details of. For the purpose of this article, the basic information provided suffices.

Upon the announcement by Theresa May (Home Secretary), the governments involved (most notably Indian and Nigerian) expressed their anger and disappointment and condemned the policy. Individual commentators also made their voices heard. The individual complaint that caught my attention was the one published on Bella Naija here; this article is a reply to that publication. In that piece, the author asked whether the UK government goofed with the visa bond policy- my simple reply is NO, they did not.

N.B: Words in quotation marks are directly lifted from Oluwaseun Babajide’s article and reference to the author is a reference to Oluwaseun Babajide.

First, colonialism (whether 300 or 150 years) has no bearing on or relevance to the policy; we have moved on from that gloomy era. Contrary to the author’s assumption, the UK Government is not saying, “thank you for helping develop our country, we need you no more.” Au contraire, the policy seems to be saying “you’re welcome to our country, but please don’t extend your stay illegally.” It is like that extended family member or family friend that promises to be visiting for a short while to attend a job interview, but ends up “accidentally” getting the job, moves in almost permanently, then his/her sister also starts living in your house because of NYSC.

Assuming without conceding that Babajide’s assumption is indeed what the UK Government is saying, it simply reiterates the point that nationals from the affected countries should move on too! Spend your money improving your own country’s economy, or go elsewhere for whatever purposes you visited the UK for before the policy. After all, the colonial relationship Babajide referred to is akin to a couple’s relationship- if an ex- boyfriend/girlfriend does not want to be friends with his/her ex anymore but is still friends with his/her previous exes, why complain?

Second, whether or not “David Cameron and his Conservative Party seem to be playing to the gallery with this new immigration policy” as a political strategy, is irrelevant. At least, it is a commendable strategy which Babajide acknowledges appeals more to the British electorates. Besides, Conservatives are known for their pro-British and anti-immigration stance- it is one of their political ideologies. In Nigeria, do political parties have ideologies? Are they or their candidates accountable to the people? Do the elected representatives represent the interests of the electorate in Parliament? Do the elected representatives even know what their electorates want (beside good roads, water, education (duuuhh?!))? Do they have clear-cut winning strategies apart from zoning or rigging? So, why condemn or fault a government that has ideologies and attempts to comply with the wishes of its electorate.

More so, as Babajide mentions, “tougher immigration rules ensure a more stable social welfare and cultural regime for native Europeans.” The focus therefore is on the people. Rather than bash the UK Government for its strategy, we should look to our own government for improvements, developments and policies with clear-cut strategies that are beneficial to the people, instead of self-serving regimes and policies or policies that the average Nigerian cannot benefit from e.g. give local governments autonomy, make policies without sentimental religious influence (e.g. criminalisation of child marriage), government transparency, strict counter-terrorism policies, better accessible and credible education, better and more realistic and enforceable minimum wage commensurate with the state of our economy, etc. Such policies would promote stability and minimise the need to rely on Nigeria’s ex (Britain) or sugar daddies (other civilised nations Nigerians resort to- including other African countries).

Third, with regard to the author’s argument on terrorism, Nigeria is included on the list of countries for the pilot probably because terrorism appears to be a new norm in Nigeria. It is not just because of Mutallab (I would not include the Briton-born ‘Nigerian’- Michael Adebolajo- because as far as I am concerned, he is 100% British). Beside Mutallab, we have Boko Haram issues, a sect that apparently has links to Al-Qaeda and what is the Nigerian Government doing about it? Negotiating? Thousands of innocent Nigerians have been killed to the extent that when one reads the news of another attack, it does not seem like news anymore.

On the other hand (a very remote and far-fetched point), the author fails to consider the fact that if a terrorist enters the UK and his/her extradition is sought  or the person applies for asylum, the UK Government has responsibilities it must comply with. For example, if there is a likelihood that the person would (upon his return) be subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, the UK Government has to protect that person by allowing him/her stay in the UK, whether the Government likes it or not- this is the principle of Non-refoulement in international law. Before the UK Government can extradite such person, it must receive unequivocal guarantees from the requesting Government that the person’s human rights would not be infringed. Getting such promises is not as easy as might be thought.

Finally, the UK Government does not stand to make the financial gains the author seems to have imagined. If the UK Government wants to make money off tourists, it would simply increase its visa application fees and the skies would not drop. More so, the £3000 bond would be returned if the foreigner leaves the country when s/he is supposed to. If s/he does not, it would cost the UK Government well over £3000 in tax-payers’ money to track down such migrant and deport him/her- it costs the UK Government around £25,000 to deport one illegal immigrant. More so, if such immigrant has availed himself/herself to public funds, that would cost the government way more than the £3000 s/he initially deposited at the port of entry.

Inasmuch as the bond policy sounds harsh and inconsiderate, the nationals of the affected countries have to deal with it. The UK is not the only country to visit for shopping, holiday, education or other purposes. If a person can afford to travel to the UK, spare £3000 should not be a problem- if the money means that much to the person, s/he would not remain there unlawfully. After all, a CNN Report revealed that Nigerians are big spenders on shopping in the UK. Besides, if the UK immigration officers refuse to grant an applicant visa would that be the end of the world? Hundreds of people are refused American visa daily on grounds that they “do not have proof of strong ties” and nobody can categorically say what “strong ties” really means or entails. The UK is not the only country in the world; there are about 196 countries in the world, including North Korea (good luck complaining about North Korea’s immigration policies).

The respective governments affected should go back to their drawing boards, re-strategise and come up with policies that would make their citizens not need to travel to the UK if they cannot afford to make the bond deposit.

The final question I ask dear Bella Naijarians is- must people go to ‘London?’

Photo Credit: madamenoire.com

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Mavi Mudiaga is a Nigerian Legal practitioner, writer and recipient of several academic scholarships and awards. She holds a First Class LLB(Hons) from the University of Buckingham, and is presently an LLM student at the London School of Economics. She’s committed to the (re)education of people on trending legal issues. Her website is mavisblawg.com.

Mavi Mudiaga is a Nigerian Legal practitioner, writer and recipient of several academic scholarships and awards. She holds a First Class LLB(Hons) from the University of Buckingham, and an LLM from the London School of Economics. She’s committed to the (re)education of people on trending legal issues

87 Comments

  1. Calabar Hottie

    September 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Very well written, however I think the statement “If a person can afford to travel to the UK, spare £3000 should not be a problem” is not right. Just because someone can afford to put together the money to travel doesn’t necessarily mean they have a spare 3000 pounds lying around to tie down for however long it takes for them to do their business in the UK and head on home.

    • Lamide

      September 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Thank you o…..the writter also studied in uk n is still presently studying dere.must u go to london too?

    • Lamide

      September 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

      *******is presently studying

    • Mademoiselle

      September 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      If you google the author’s name, you’ll realise why she is in the UK. Her state govt gave her a scholarship for graduating with first class in her LLB

    • angry immigrant

      September 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      dont mind her.

      so she is in the UK and asking why others must go to ‘london’ too?

      hypocrisy at its peak. why did’nt she go elsewhere to study?

      Now that they’ve cancelled Post Study Work visa, i can bet my day’s wages (yes, £450 per day) that she is already scheming and thinking of ways to remain in the country legally after her student visa expires. mschewwwwwww

    • Crayfish

      September 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      But come to think of it, those that intend to become “illegal” would go and borrow the cash. It’s a harsh price that the innocent have to pay for the actions of the naughty ones.

    • Dupsy A

      September 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      hahahah everytime “ANGRY IMMIGRANT” keeps blabbing of the 450 perday salary … My dear who bloody asked you , stop showing ur inferiorty complex jare. When poor man see 5pound then the rest of the world wont hear world. smh smh.

    • angry immigrant

      September 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      @ dupsy

      my dear, no vex but i have to say it as it is. there is so much nonsense talk on bad immigration/low value immigrants which is always what they use as excuses to come up with such crappy immigration policies .ie. the £3,000 bond.

      nobody talks about the good immigrants that come here and add value to the company they work for and get handsomely rewarded for it. do you know how much i pay to HRMC as taxes? as a matter of fact, that £450 is small… i know people walking home with £1,000 per day. many immigrants including the writer of this article will LOVE to earn that much.

      the £3,000 bond is pure B.S. what people should talk about is the great economic benefits UK derives from visitors as well as migrants

    • angry immigrant

      September 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      **HMRC

    • Pd

      September 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      I never carry 750k for my account apply for uk visa before! Sometimes i go london with just 1k on me n am fine! No be everybody get 3k to spare!

    • lloyd

      October 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Naijas come to Botswana

  2. Princess

    September 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Woke up extremely angry by dis constant snoring nxt to me… love no be small thing! Anyways!! Just needed to read or watch something that made sense. Gurlllll u re my champion. You just said my exact thoughts on Oluwaseyi’s baseless article. He needs to spend time asking our leaders which way forward rather than another country’s prime minister. I mean doesnt it sound silly to you Oluwaseyi? Is like going to ur fathers friend whose children re well taken care of to ask him y he didnt care for you also when really that question should be directed at ur own FADA! Abegy i hail David Cameron jor! stay in ur country or look at other countries, doesnt have to be UK.

  3. Berry Dakara

    September 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

    *Permit me to hone in just one thing you said*

    I can afford to go to England, but asking me to pay 3000 GBP upfront (that will be returned to me, yes) WILL BE a problem.

    Good people have to suffer because of what criminals are doing 🙁

  4. Amaka

    September 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I’ll just keep refreshing..lol

  5. Realist

    September 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Is it a taboo for Nigeria and other affected countries by this new immigration policy proposed by the UK government to organise themselves rather than being puppets in the hands of the west. It’s so annoying to know that Nigeria has all the resources it needs to make it stable and even be a popular destination than London but would foolishness and corruption let them do what is right? NO!!!
    A lot to be said but until Nigeria genuinely go back to the drawing board and put things in order without bias and foolish self interest, Togo will even come up with worse immigration policy against Nigerians in the near future.

  6. Amaka

    September 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Oh she’s Nigerian ..lol

  7. Amaka

    September 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I think we can invest that £3000 (its equivalent in Naira) in our federal or state gov bond and make more money 🙂

    • Princess

      September 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      U dey craze abi u dey sleep-type!! All the money that citizens have invested in d government in form of tax etc, what has it been used for?

  8. Stella Kashmoney

    September 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Nice article. Spot on.

    • dunni

      September 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      what has she spotted? i can bet she is your friend… you need to read through it again

  9. me

    September 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I never comment but considering that this article was written as a retort to an original one, I guessed it deserved a reply as well.
    Comparing colonialism and its longstanding gains, gains that have been embedded in nearly all sectors of our present economy, to a relationship between ex lovers is reckless and thoughtless. I do agree that the original article could do without the reference to colonialism, but making such a comparison in your own article is at best careless. Colonialism, very much present till today in the form of imperialism is hardly a subject to be taken lightly and if you refuse to do necessary research on the topic, then it’s best to refrain entirely from it.
    Next, because one has enough money for a holiday trip to the UK does not by any means mean that an extra 3000 pounds is lying in a dormant account somewhere. Again, this is an illogical conclusion. Even citizens of the most well off countries in the world would groan if this harsh decree was flung their way. lets be reasonable here, 3000 pounds is 765 thousand naira, pretty close to a million, and may surpass a million with short-term interest if the money is invested.
    Which brings me to my next point. Of course the UK will benefit financially from this new law. The present value of money today is not the value of the same sum 3 months later. A basic economic class will tell you that money can make money. The reason we put money in the bank apart from safeguarding is to earn interest. That 3000 pounds handed over to the immigration officers at time of arrival is higher in value than the 300o pounds that will be returned 3 months later when the passenger returns home to Nigeria. The 3000 pounds could have been invested elsewhere to earn some interest instead of being handed over to UK immigration. this is economics 101, there’s no need for more details.
    It is a common fact that a majority of intl students in the UK are from India and Nigeria. And these foreign students are the reason why many home students can go to university at subsidized costs. This new policy is a slap in the face of students who are the reason why the UK students can afford school in the first place. Making students visiting family in their home country hand over 3000 pounds each time they return to their home countries is unfair and slightly criminal in my opinion.
    CNN spotlighted a few Nigerians who spend thousands on holidays and as a result it means ALL Nigerians can afford to spend as much on leisure? How do you come to these poorly thought out conclusions? And yes the skies will fall if the UK does raise its visa fees. Said fees are already higher than fees in almost every other country in the world and diplomatic understandings will very well be breached if these fees are increased without due reason.
    I’m neither here nor there with this new policy. It is true that countries do as countries see in their best interest but it is within our own rights to react. And when reacting, we should endeavor to write clearly with facts and proper reasoning, something I’m afraid this article did not achieve.

    • Babym

      September 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      O may God bless you for your beautiful response because I was just weak when I read this ignorant one dimensional article until I found your comment, then I had hope that all is well with the world again.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      September 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      My dear if u ve time to do all these economics why not channel it to naija and help us grow. Nwanne m start something small with 1million and employ 2 to 3 ppl instead of going to London. Why must you go to London? Why? Why must we spend our vacation in London and Uk? Why? how many of their natives( I use natives for a reason didnt want an argument if i use citizen) come to Nigeria for vacation? This their fee is a slap on our face, a wake up call for us to enforce change so that naija will be a better place for our children if not for us. One of the major reasons why our country is miserable is not cos our leaders steal but because they carry the stolen money to London, America and other ‘sugar daddy countries’. Imagine if Ibori used all that his stolen money to start a company, a viable one in Nigeria, imagine how many graduates he would ve employed but no he carried the money to UK, it has become useless both to him and us.If you want vacation go to Calabar, Obudu cattle ranch, Ijesha falls etc make we naija ppl follow una chop ur money na. At least contribute so that those tour guides in those places can eat too and send their kids to better schools.

    • Impeccable

      September 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Hear hear…

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      September 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      @ Me… As people often say here on BN, may your path always be straight. Could not believe that an educated Nigerian wrote this – “First, colonialism (whether 300 or 150 years) has no bearing on or relevance to the policy; we have moved on from that gloomy era”.

      That is akin to some dimwit telling me that racism doesn’t exist because we’ve moved on from that “gloomy era”. So the writer believes we’ve moved on and yet countries in the west still consider her nation to be a 3rd world country? Do you understand the far-reaching impacts of imperialism at all? Have you ever read the history of your continent and tied it back to the global political economics by so-called 1st world countries who’ll do anything they can to control the growth of certain continents including Africa??

      I’m sorry for this generation, too many illiterates with expensive degress. And yes, I’m pissed off.

    • God abeg

      September 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Since u re so knowing, I’m surprised u don’t understand the context in which she made that comment. She’s not saying it doesn’t exist at all she’s in other words saying it shouldn’t be used as an excuse. Just the same way people like you try to tie anything wrong between black people and white people as racial discrimination. When people like you stop using sentiments of our passed sufferings as excuse to have open doors, we’ll gain more respect and our country won’t be on the list anymore.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      September 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      @God Abeg, if you noticed, I said nothing about the Visa Bond. Open doors, closed doors… quite frankly, I believe every country is entitled to make their own policies. I’m merely picking apart one thread in her argument, which I find ludicurous. And no, she didn’t use the extensive clarification you’ve used, which is why it sounds to me like she’s admitting colonialism doesn’t exist.

      The next article she attempts to write should be well reasoned, with well researched points. And this statement of yours – “Just the same way people like you try to tie anything wrong between black people and white people as racial discrimination.”. I wonder how you extracted that from my own above comment about racism. That, my friend, is called “reaching”. Do I see every interaction between negroids and caucasians as being coloured by racism? No, because I’m not a simpleton. I, however, acknowledge that racism still exists whether it manifests itself every day or not. As do sexism, religious discrimination, etc. etc. Modern day imperialism remains in existence and those of us on the receiving end should gain some awareness and stop publishing statements about those dark days being behind us.

    • So On Point

      September 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      God Bless you for these wise choice of words ‘exactly ‘ too many illetrates with expensive degrees paid through scholarships. Does she have an idea of many Nigerian students in the UK who burn the candles at both ends to complete their education through hard work or their parents hard earned money I know a few. Or several other Nigerians like me who save up periodically for my mum or sister to visit , ensuring they don’t overstay on their visas for one day. Besides, not every Nigerian can attain numbers of first class degrees and even when they do so, not all end up getting scholarships like you have done. You are one of the lucky few……… And for many reasons you don’t sound Nigerian simply because your article ignores the deep rooted problems many Nigerians and the Nigerian economy faces. This New UK Immigration policy seems like a one size fit all policy which may well only treat the symptom’s and not necessarily the causes . Nigerian’s , Indians or others from affected countries who can afford this will simply pay £3000 charges and stay put if they really wish to do so at the expense of other genuine travellers intending to only visit . Your article remains highly debatable and rather one-sided.

  10. SpecialK!

    September 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Amaka for President. Only thing is your political leaders might look your investment.

  11. me

    September 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

    While we agree that we need to fix things in our home country, the simplistic approach of “if Nigerians don’t want to visit London, there are 196 other countries. Why must it be London?” won’t work. We must ask ourselves why emigration and brain-drain seem to be norm in Nigeria, but at the same time we must ensure Nigerians are treated fairly on the international level. While I felt the ultimatum given my our House of Reps to the UK was brash and ill-thought out, I do agree that this new policy is unacceptable and could be somewhat amended. The Indians have threatened to counteract by pulling out investments and businesses in the UK, investments very vital to the UK economy, lets see if this policy will still stand. Even America understands immigration is a phenomenon here to stay with the developed world, and the issue is how to best work around it, not against it. The US lawmakers are looking for ways to give permanent residency to immigrant students/workers in the science field, that way they attract topnotch labor from around the world, and build and strengthen their economy, while slashing the number of illegal immigrants. Seems to me the UK is going about fighting immigration the wrong way.

    • otk of africa

      September 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      wouldn’t it be a good thing if Indians and Nigerians pulled out their brains and investments and took it back to their country??? our law makers ultimatum to the Uk is not only brash but very stupid and another avenue for them to hide and continue doing nothing rather than take the wake up call and start developing our country or maybe even come up with a way to reduce the bastardization of the immigrations laws with the UK government.
      My fellow Nigerians how many more signs do you need to start developing our country and stop raging at our government, the UK government, US government and even the little Ghanaian government(on a few occasions) because WE are the cause of our problems, WE are the solution and WE are the owners of whatever faith it has tomorrow

  12. debutante

    September 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    ” It is like that extended family member or family friend that promises to be visiting for a short while to attend a job interview, but ends up “accidentally” getting the job, moves in almost permanently, then his/her sister also starts living in your house because of NYSC”……lol
    I agree with everything the writer has said, very on-point!

  13. Sassy

    September 5, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This article is begging the question. I totally disagree with her and I am begging to think she has collected something from the British Government to sing this stupid praise for them. Rubbish!

  14. Zero

    September 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    End Time Tinz………

  15. Abi

    September 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Dear Mavi,
    Contrary to your personal opinions . Nigerian’s may have an article out there which potrays them as one of the biggest spenders as tourists particularly in the UK which boosts their own economy. Also, a thorough research will inform you of the rate of abject poverty in several parts of Nigeria , to buttress the fact that not every Nigerian can comfortably afford those shopping sprees and the impending costs of £3000 for a visit to the UK. As much we are aware that hundreds of people abuse immigration rules that is not to say that illegal immigrants in the UK do not work tirelessly paying tax .
    You May not be Nigerian , but it also important to note the deplorable state of our economy, in which not much or nothing at all is being done by the government.
    As much we acknowledge the UK government’s attempt , policy and strategy towards tackling immigration rules . I do not think that it should be done through charging exorbitant fees. You also mentioned visa fees , Mavi do you really think that any country could charge visa fees of £3,000?. Moreover, there are still some Nigerians out there who do not wish to over stay with their visas whilst visiting the UK. What about innocent family members or friends who wish to visit the UK without the intentions of overstaying even for one day.
    As much this new policy signifies a new and more stringent measure towards immigration rules. It will rob many Nigerians travelling to the UK for genuine reasons of their chances of visiting the UK.
    This is a further disgrace to the Nigerian Government , past and present who do absolutely nothing to improve the state of the economy and derive so much contentment from sending their kids abroad for their education and their wives and mistresses for this so called shopping sprees. The only people who will continue to suffer from such measures are the masses of Nigerians unable to afford such charges…………. We all know that travelling to the UK as you rightly said is not a do or die affair, however charging such exorbitant fees is rather extremely harsh and injudicious measure.

    • Chica

      September 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      It’s not a question of whether illegal immigrants pay tax- it’s a matter of them being illegal in the first place and illegal immigrants are not exactly known to have NI numbers for tax purposes- they are usually paid in cash. £3000 is not for visa fees, it is a deposit you pay upon entry. Besides, it is to apply mainly to FIRST TIMERS/those on 6-month visa so where do students come in?

    • Vee

      September 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Yes they are illegal and yes it’s not right. However, in order for you to get a decent job in the UK you must have an NI number! Many illegal immigrants pay for fake ones and use it to work. And some people are overtaxed or taxed at an emergency rate and can’t get the money back because they are illegal! I’m not sure where you heard that they are usually paid in cash???!!!

  16. Nana

    September 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Pls nigerians, why do you keep on adding Ghana as one of the countries, we are not. And then also, what are you so keen to go and do there, stay in your own country and do your roads, electricity etc, we get electricity from you without interruption, its possible if your leaders want to get it right!

    • otk of africa

      September 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      wouldn’t it be a good thing if Indians and Nigerians pulled out their brains and investments and took it back to their country??? our law makers ultimatum to the Uk is not only brash but very stupid and another avenue for them to hide and continue doing nothing rather than take the wake up call and start developing our country or maybe even come up with a way to reduce the bastardization of the immigrations laws with the UK government.
      My fellow Nigerians how many more signs do you need to start developing our country and stop raging at our government, the UK government, US government and even the little Ghanaian government(on a few occasions) because WE are the cause of our problems, WE are the solution and WE are the owners of whatever faith she has tomorrow

  17. Zero

    September 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Keep quiet Nana..Irrelevant point there…Una can beef naijas…kai..Reason with the fact that these are ‘End Time Tinz’…………

    • God abeg

      September 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Hahahahahahaha

    • ij

      September 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      [email protected] end time tinz

  18. Crayfish

    September 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    But what the author has said is sha true tho…. Though I have UK visa, if the new rule is in place and I need £3000 deposit, na to sit down for naij abeg. No be by force

  19. angry immigrant

    September 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    **yawns**

    so she has been in the UK studying. i was really put off by this her last line ‘The final question I ask dear Bella Naijarians is- must people go to ‘London?’

    what are you doing there yourself? huh?

    we know the trick of people like you…using studying as a facade…LLB to LLM (except she is lucky to get an employer that can sponsor her work permit) and then to PHD… clock 10 years continous stay in the UK and then apply for ILR..one time!!!! 2years later… british passport.. bingo!!!

    • Zero

      September 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Lol….

    • Zero

      September 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Britiko Kpali na actually 1 year after ILR o’

    • LOL

      September 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Angry Immigrant, direct your anger at our Nigerian govt abeg. I know the author and she’s in the UK because she has about 3 scholarships- one from her university, one from an oil company and one from her state government for graduating with first class. And I know for a fact that she does not intend to stay back in UK because she is Nigerian to the bone and has lots of opportunities crawling at her feet in naij and she already has a job with one of naij’s biggest law firms (Aluko and Oyebode). Abeg stop exposing your plans on how you intend to become a citizen. U need anger management

    • angry immigrant

      September 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      @ lol

      STORY !!!!

      when she returns back to nigeria, then I will take you and your friend seriously. till then, she’s just another hypocrite to me. enjoying the ‘fruits’ of the british system and yet trying to take knocks at others.

      my citizenship… i aint got time for the 10years nonsense. mine is via work permit and i am less than 2yrs away from ILR. i have better things doing with money than coughing out over 10k each year (minus living expenses) as school fees.

      she should calculate how much she has paid in fees (including the money paid on her behalf by the government under the disguise of a ‘scholarship’). that money would have been better invested in a nigeria university and it would have benefitted thousands if not millions that do not have the luxury of studying abroad.

    • God abeg

      September 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      LMAO @ anger management!

    • angry immigrant

      September 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      @ lol

      oh. you mean she is actually coming back to work for a private firm – Aluko and Oyebode????? seriously??!!!

      why is she not coming back to work for the state government that gave her the scholarship in the first place?

      are you saying that her state government has no need for the ‘education, skills and expertise’ she has acquired in the UK? considering the fact that the scholarship was sponsored using nigerian’s taxpayers money????

      talk about misplaced priorities. her state government and her likes are part of the problems facing nigeria.

    • Lamide

      September 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Abi o…..hiss.why didn’t u stay back at unilag to study

    • God abeg

      September 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      When u get full scholarship to Harvard, reject it then come back and talk. ala kan rin jati jati

    • angry immigrant

      September 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      @God dey

      i will NOT reject it but i won’t go running to blogs asking them to post fame seeking articles with ridiculous one liners like ‘The final question I ask dear Bella Naijarians is- must people go to ‘YANKEE?’

      rather i will encourage others to strive hard and make sure they get the opportunity to come to yankee as well.

    • angry immigrant

      September 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      she has asked people to sit their a**es down in nigeria. the question is WHAT IS SHE DOING IN UK AS WELL? ACQUIRING DEGREE AFTER DEGREE? abi universities no dey naija again?

      mschewwwww

    • Lamide

      September 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      I just love ur comments. I dont care abt the 3k bond n all.and im nt interested in all the big english..wat got me pissed was the last statement. Must pple go to london. No. Its meant for u alone.shior

  20. missy

    September 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    @ Me, very well written. I think the writer came to a lot poor conclusions without the necessary research. @ Chika, you asked where do students come in? Well a family member wanting to visit the student for the first time in the UK will be affect by this law.

  21. Zero

    September 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    2 all those with negative comments here…Una just dey vex say d chick na hot 1st class product with an ace ace ace profile ‘n now, una dey find fault with her undoubtedly well written article..Mscheww…All these End Time Tinz sef….

  22. angry immigrant

    September 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    i can’t for the life of me how anyone would justify placing a £3,000 on visitors.

    why selected countries? even if they are to bring up the rule, it should apply to ALL non-EU first time visitors to the UK. and when i mean non-EU visitors, that includes applicants from USA, australia, etc .. afterall, they are also ”visa nationals”.

    • God abeg

      September 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Americans don’t need visa to enter the UK and even most countries. So this visa bond obviously cannot apply to them.

    • angry immigrant

      September 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      oh. i know that they also have to go through the hassle of meeting the same requirements as other non-EU nationals for student visa, work visas, PSW, etc.

      hmmm. so they are allowed to visit on short term basis without parting with visa fees, yet UK’s home office has handpicked selected countries that have to pay visa fees + £3,000 (refundable without interest) additional bond. issokay!!!

  23. truth

    September 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    hmmmn , Why do you keep coming on here to post comments with different ID’S attacking other people’s comments. Mavi! be bold enough to say its you ……. Otherwise why would anyone know so much about your immigration status and how you’ve continued to remain in the UK under the guise of one scholarship to another . You are a complete hypocrite Mavi! if You have the so called million opportunities in Nigeria then why accept scholarships in the UK. or why not school in Nigeria or better still work here , the last time I checked there were several universities in Nigeria where one can study to any height of education required.
    So why do u keep extending your ‘visa’, work permit and so on till you attain 10 years and finally apply for your settlement. Mavi, you contradict yourself so much! Start from your own self and set the example of going back to Nigeria to utilise all your already amassed qualifications. you are not even British by Birth, naturalisation, marriage any way ……. well at least for now …….

    • God abeg

      September 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Mumu she has a profile on Linkedn. You can google her too!

    • Zero

      September 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Truth is Jealous..Some serious ‘End Time Tinz’ men….

    • Truth

      September 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      I’m not jealous dear far from it. In fact I am one of the lucky few who happened to be born in the UK by my parents twenty something odd years ago although I had most of my child in Lagos…… I have many friends who only visit and simply do just that . And for the record , by God’s grace I have my degree and my MSC to be thankful for. But that does stop me from relating to many Nigerians out there who are not on scholarships or sponsored by their state governments who are also willing to visit. Nonetheless, Will visiting the UK now be designed for only the rich or a particular social class . As well all know that not every Nigerian can cough out £3,000 excluding their ticket fee, Money in hand/ travellers cheque for a visit to the UK.

    • IniOnline

      September 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you , You have spoken my mind This topic has got nothing to do with £450 pay a day , funny enough he his not yet a british citizen, There are so many people making more that amount a day and they have let people have peace….

  24. angry immigrant

    September 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    i can’t for the life of me understand how anyone would justify placing a £3,000 bond on visitors.

    why selected countries? even if they are to bring up the rule, it should apply to ALL non-EU first time visitors to the UK. and when i mean non-EU visitors, that includes applicants from USA, australia, etc .. afterall, they are also ”visa nationals”.

  25. Wisdom

    September 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Well said ‘Me’! The best way is to work around it and not against it ………. this policy measure is such a wrong way of tackling immigration by the UK government……. some others will simply travel or apply for visas using Ghanaian passports…..or other neighbouring unaffected African Countries…….which will cost them far less than £3000……..

    • Zero

      September 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Ah…u r already giving people ideas o’ Hahaha…

  26. Olu W. Onemola

    September 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Very well written Ms. Mudiaga. Riding off your analogy on exes, Nigerian must come to realize that there are so many other “fish in the sea” or in this case: countries in the world. We need to realize that it never helps to force yourself into a place where you are not wanted. All in all, we must also ask ourselves: “Who needs to go to London when Dubai is begging us to come?”

    #Salud

  27. Hello bella

    September 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    hello Bella, why are you not posting people’s comments.
    After all this article was published based on the writers opinion. So other people’s opinion should be heard ……. Besides we luv your blog not only for its quality above others but also becos people are able to express their own views regardless . Regards

    • angry immigrant

      September 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      @ hello bella

      God bless you a million folds for this.

      bellanaija, kindly post all my comments. thank you

  28. angry immigrant

    September 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    bella naija. i am still waiting for you to post my other two comments. i have raised valid points. you should not encourage hypocrisy.

  29. konne

    September 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    There are natural consequences to this kind of policy. Normally, when a country sets this kind of policy, the other countries affected retaliate or I mean respond in kind. What is Nigeria’s official response.
    ….there was a woman called Margaret Thatcher who start crazy policies… in short she brought the UK to its knees with her policies… other countries where discovered .. naija monies was redirected elsewhere and at home. that being said, people to take their monies elsewhere and invested at home too. Lets see how long those shops last without the cash input of the affected countries. A lot more places to see in the world. Not much is manufactured in the UK … oh they provide great shopping districts and so do others who will gladly welcome you with your money…. I could go on….

    • dunni

      September 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      TM Lewin will be the 1st to die…

  30. Ima

    September 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    If all Nigerians and the countries affected, decide to take their money elsewhere, they will cry ‘uncle’. I think that what should be done lets see how they sustain themselves

  31. nwanyi na aga aga

    September 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Bella why are you not posting my comments. We Nigerians are shameless, see how we are crying cos white people said that we should not come to their place again. This bond does not apply to students so I wonder why all those attacking the writer are mentioning her studies. BTW she went there on scholarship. that said. Let us sit put in our country and try to develop it. Instead of going to splurge in ur almighty London and UK kuku do that somewhere in Naija. how many of u have been to other places in nAIJA apart from Lagos try and go there are lots of vacation spots in house. lets think of ways to develop our economy. HAve u been to osbourne lake in BY go there its a vacation spot ni. Buy aba made jeans after one year throw it away and buy another one, cos even the over priced UK ones are used in the same duration. Lets try and fix naija. Its not ghosts that will fix it. If ur father is a thief and politician please now use the money and open any kind of company, even if its an assembly plant, radio station, laundromat anything at all at all. At least 2 or 3 ppl will have hopes of legitimate daily bread. Stop hustling to go to obodo oyibo its not a must.

  32. Amiphat

    September 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Wow – lots of angry readers here today huh? I think the author did pretty well in her analysis though. The truth is sadly bitter.

    If Nigeria were as developed as the UK or the US, we would probably be like their indigenes who hardly know what life is like outside their immediate surroundings.

    The UK is a sovereign nation and can make any decision necessary to protect itself (leave UN/Commonwealth matters – they are not your friends).

    There are indeed over 196 other places to visit.

  33. Realist

    September 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I wonder how a half baked writer managed to amass first class degrees, oops I forgot through her state government that sponsored only a handful of people throughout a life time. hehehe.
    I give no credit to this article one bit. Until the writer goes back to Nigeria, writes from Nigeria, lives in Nigeria, works in Nigeria, studies for her tenth degree from Nigeria ‘paid by herself’. Then will I accord any meaning to this article of hers. Remember there are hundreds , if not thousands of Nigerians out there with PHD’S , Doctorate degrees who do not write articles filled with so much personal inklings…..

    • Lamide

      September 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Thank u for this comment

    • otk of africa

      September 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

      mr(s) realist, do you know that white people come to school in Ghana?? tiny little Ghana down the road, did you know?? if our education system is poor would you blame her for going abroad to get a first degree then be sponsored by companies and governments because they are proud of her. I bet you’re a 3rd class student because its you people that usually turn realist and air empty comments. she would definite come back because she has big plans to develop our great nation and that’s what you cry babies should do, go there and get knowledge(since students aren’t affected) and come and use it to fix our country

    • God abeg

      September 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Loooool bitter Nigerian

  34. Nwa.baby

    September 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Ummm, excuse me *raises hand* did everyone that graduated
    with first class get them scholarships too abi an ima mmadu tinz?
    Abi na only she graduate with first class? I just dey ask ni
    o…(yelz, na dat one consain me for all this one wey una don
    tok)

    • A

      September 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Yes, all Deltans who graduate with first class are given scholarship by their government.

    • God abeg

      September 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      If u re from Delta State, alert ur LGA chairman so that u will be paid ur dues! Every deltan who graduated with first class is entitled to it! It’s not an FG thing, it’s a Delta State thing.

  35. Frank T

    September 6, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Thai is an awesome article, all the important points were buttressed… I actually support your last question “Must Nigerians go to London”?

  36. MoD

    September 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Totally off the point …but people still wear TM Lewin shirts???

  37. Ibukun

    September 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Mz Socially Awkward has made so much sense. anyone that thinks this article is well thought-out is really short sighted. there is a whole lot more to the baseless points the writer raised, and that last question she asked is outright stupid. lots of people actually save up their money to visit the uk for different reasons, there’s a whole long list of reasons why a person might decide they wanna visit a place during their lifetime and its wrong for any government to make themselves lords over people’s dreams. there will always be good and bad people in life, why place a restriction on good people cos you are trying to get the bad ones?! what’s wrong with reading a book that talks about the ancient city of Rochester and deciding “oh i wanna visit it someday” so you save up money to go! this is a very shortsighted article, i am so irritated by the writer’s perspective, i’m tempted to get on the train tomorrow to go find her wherever she is, just to tell her to her face that this article is stupid. she can barely see past her nose and she apparently mistakes academic brilliance for intelligence.

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