Nigerians have reacted to outrage to pictures of a Nigerian soldier seen escorting a Chinese man who was buying groceries in the market.
Specifically, the pictures were shared on the microblogging site, Twitter today Wednesday October 12, 2022.
In the pictures, the yet-to-be-identified soldier, who was armed with a standard Nigerian Army issue rifle, can be seen standing close behind the Chinese. In addition, the Chinese man can be seen handing over some of the supplies bought to the soldier.
Sharing the pictures, a Twitter user, Njoku Lilian lamented the fact that the soldier was reduced to a maid; adding that the soldier was ferrying the groceries bought by the Chinese man to the car.
”I saw a Nigerian soldier with an AK-47, following a Chinese (in a blue T-shirt) up and down in the market and doing the work of a maid.
”The Chinese buys and gives to the “maid” to carry behind him.
”The “maid” hurries to the car to offload and comes back to his “oga”. Shame!,’’ she tweeted.
I saw a Nigerian soldier with an AK-47, following a Chinese (in a blue T-shirt) up and down in the market and doing the work of a maid. The Chinese buys and gives to the "maid" to carry behind him. The "maid" hurries to the car to offload and comes back to his "oga". Shame! pic.twitter.com/jnabMWzgtX
— Njoku Lilian (@NjokuLilian7) October 12, 2022
The development has sparked a deluge of angry reactions from Nigerians. Many of the respondents took to their Twitter pages to berate the ungainly sight. Also, a cross-section of Twitter users tagged the Nigerian Army authorities, urging them to take action.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom (UK) is considering tightening the rules on how many relatives migrants can bring into the country.
According to Daily Mail UK, it has been discovered that Nigerian migrants bring in the highest number of dependants; particularly when compared to other groups of migrants.
UK Government sources said the Home Secretary, Suella Braverman was considering tightening the rules on dependants. The development comes after Home Office immigration figures showed a “surprising inconsistency” across different nationalities coming to the UK to work and study.
Based on the Home Office report, Nigerians accounted for 40% of all dependants who accompanied foreign students in the 12 months to June – despite Nigerian students making up just 7% of all foreign students in that period.
Some 34,000 Nigerians were given study visas in the UK, bringing with them a total of 31,898 dependants. Also, a similar ratio was recorded for work visas, with 8,972 Nigerians issued with one in the 12 months to June bringing with them 8,576 dependants.