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Deceit comes in different shades, colours and sizes. Sometimes it comes glaringly, other times it doesn’t come so clearly. Nigerians are known to be very superstitious and in this nature, they are extremely religious. However, some notable events have indeed taken its toll on a lot of Nigerians who were led astray by false information and ignorance. As anticipated, factboyz brings to you 10 Times Nigerians were deceived in a large scale. We do hope you enjoy our list.
The ponzi scheme was introduced in Nigeria in 2016 after massive successes in other countries. When it was introduced, many Nigerians as expected never took it serious not until testimonies of people who became instantly rich started flooding in that Nigerians began to invest- little by little. Within months, many Nigerians began to heavily on the scheme. The Central Bank of Nigeria immediately took action warning Nigerians about teh dnager of the scheme but it all fell on deaf ears.
2. Yar’Adua’s Death-
The former beloved President of Nigeria His Excellency Umaru Musa Yar’Adua remains one of the most loved President of Nigeria. He gained power in 2007 but unfortunately died in 2011, leaving the then Vice President then Dr Goodluck Jonathan to take over. His death however had many stories surrounding it.
3. The Abacha Apple-
Sani Abacha was the former military ruler of Nigeria; ruling from 1993 to 1998. Though regarded by the international media as a dictator, Sani Abacha’s rule saw the country’s foreign exchange reserves increase from 494 million dollars to about 10 billion dollars by the middle of 1997.
4. Buhari’s Campaign Promises-
In 2015 the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari made juicy campaign promises that pleased the minds of most Nigerians eventually leading many to vote for him.
5. Government Job Scam-
In 2014, the government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, invited job seekers for job tests aimed at securing jobs (for 4500 people) at the Nigerian Immigration service. These job tests were scheduled to hold in various locations all across the country.
6. Ebola Virus Scare-
The ebola virus came into Nigeria through a Liberian diplomat Patrick Sawyer in 2014. However we are not going into the details of what happened. We must note that the presence of the virus in Nigeria then, sparked so much rumour; which of course were had so much lies in them. One prominent one was that you had to bath in a very hot, salty water every morning at exactly 6 a.m to prevent getting the virus.
7. Nigerian Air-
First, lets get something straight; Nigeria doesn’t have a national carrier which is actually an embarrassment to the country. In Mid 2018, the federal government under President Buhari announced plans to rejuvenate the dead “Nigerian Air” with immediate effect and instant operations by December.
8. Stephanie Otobo Claims-
Imagine being accused of sleeping with someone you’ve never even met before; this was the case of Stephanie Otobo who claimed she slept with popular Nigerian Pastor Johnson Suleiman. The case was indeed a heated one, and Nigerians wasted no time in taking sides; the majority joined in accusing the renowned cleric.
9. The Jubrin Case-
A popular activist, Nnamdi Kanu known for clamouring for the actualisation of another republic from Nigeria, accused the President His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari of being an impostor; he further claimed that the original Buhari was dead already and was replaced by another person he called “Jubrin Aminu Al Sudaini” His controversial statements with supposed “proofs” indeed caught the hearts of a lot of Nigerians who believed his claims. Suspicion was created when the government did not address the issue for a long time.
10. Political Campaign Promises-
For decades, since the 1960s Nigerian politicians have made numerous campaign promises with many never fulfilled; we will look at 24 hours electricity for an example- Nigeria even till now, cannot boast of 5,000MW of electricity. This is hugely ridiculous considering the fact that there is real money in the country. With regards to electricity, Nigerians have been scammed and deserve better.
Jayamma Abanobi is a youth blogger passionate about writing. He can be reached via email email@example.com