*Nigerians must be the biggest fools on earth
*British Airways diplomatically stealing from Nigerians
By Olajide Fashikun
Nigerian government must respond to the economic pilferage of its citizens by the official carriers of the British government, the British Airways, whose official pricing policy underlines a policy direction that points to the fact that, ‘Nigerians are the biggest fools in the world, cheat them and let’s make money. They don’t know how to complain.’
Imagine two travellers leaving Accra and Lagos to Heathrow Airport. The Accra passenger is paying the economy price of $518 while for the same class the Lagos passenger is to pay $1,740! A difference of $1,222 is stolen from a Lagos passenger which is enough for a Ghanaian passenger to do three trips and still have change.
For the same flight, the Accra passenger will fly Business Class for $1,776 while the Lagos passenger pays $3,172. The difference here is $1,396 which is almost double the cost of a second trip by the same class of trip!
This is simply put economic discrimination. Sheer fraud and plain stealing. Are Nigerians less human and unwanted in United Kingdom?
Contacted for his reaction, Iyke Mbadiwe, a lecturer told www.gongnews.net that, “the saddest part of it is that, when Nigerians go apply for their visa, they diminish our people, charge so exorbitantly, and they will give all manners of reasons in the world to deny people visa. Less than 10% of the applicants are given visa. They dehumanise our people with their stupid, discriminatory conditions.
“Even at that, the Nigerian government have always pretended not to be be aware of these racist policies of the British government against her citizens right here inside our country. This is unacceptable, irresponsible and does not promote respect for neither the people nor the government,” said Adebambo Ogunyele, a human rights activist/ lawyer.
Ogunyele added, “these are people who stole both human, material and all imaginable resources from our nation to develop their country. The stealing hasn’t stopped. This latest one is very criminal and is an assault on the collective psyche of Nigerians. It is unacceptable.”
“We need to raise a protest for Nigerians to boycott everything British until these nonsense is redressed. If this does not make sense, then, we may revert to a massive protest, shut down all British interests by the people. We may not wait for the government to do this for us. We, the people, of Nigeria should take our fate in our hands since our government does not feel the pain. British imperialism must stop.”
Currency of facts: We decided to re-assess our facts and did a search at the same time and date leaving all parameters to be the same. The search was done on the 4th October 2017. For a Lagos to Heathrow passenger
travelling on the 4th October will pay $2,608 in the economy and if flying Business Class would have paid $5564.
Comparatively, an Accra to Heathrow passenger would have paid $1,158 for economy and if flying Business Class would have paid $3,398.
By eduction, a Nigerian passenger is paying $1,450 more than a Nigerian flying from Accra to the same Heathrow whereas, if the same passenger were to be flying the Business Class, he or she would have paid $2,176 more if flying from Accra.
There certainly is no economic theory that would have explained the price differential between the cost an Accra passenger is paying vis-à-vis a Lagos passenger. Not even the economic principle called Vebleen Effect would have justified the propensity to cheap the Nigerian passengers.