Following a recent Tweet on his official Twitter account, the founder and CEO of Hotels.ng, one of the first online hotel booking websites in Nigeria, a software developer and an entrepreneur, Mark Essien, said the worst thing the Buhari APC led government has done is to make smart people scared of the country. According to him, so many people are scared that they can be arrested and attacked at any point in time.
Indubitably, the statement by the Akwa Ibom born entrepreneur, who is outspoken, shows that the level of insecurity and insurrections in the country is alarming and need to be addressed by the government. He argued that some people are unjustly accused of what they know nothing about in most cases.
While stressing out his point of view on why many people are scared to invest in the country, Mark Essien said when people’s businesses are attacked, they would always find a way to leave the country and settle elsewhere. The question is, could this be the reason so many people want to leave the country in search of greener pastures abroad?
Well, it is arguably true that the country is facing challenges of insecurity, but that should be a reason to stay back and find a lasting solution to the problem instead of running away from the country. As a matter of fact, Mark has made a valid point of view on the issue that when business owners leave the country because of the fear of the unknown, they leave with all the compounding effect of their future economic growth.
Arguably, it would not be out of place for me to say that Nigeria remains our own, and we must join our hands to make things happen; if not, nobody will ever do what we are supposed to have done for ourselves. The rising cases of bandits, Boko Haram terrorists, kidnappers and killer Fulani herdsmen attacking innocent people, destroying their means of livelihood and the likes should not be grounds to leave the country.
As a matter of fact, the administration of President Buhari is confident that the menace of insecurity and insurrections would soon be a thing of the past. The fight against insurgency, especially in the Northern part of the country, has been intensified as so many Boko Haram members have continued to surrender their weapons to the troops in the past few days.