“I was moved to tears” — Businesswoman narrates ill treatment at Nigerian Embassy in New York

Businesswoman shares her dishertening experience at the Nigerian Embassy in New York due to the lackadaisical attitude with which she was attended to.

Dr. Addy Olubamiji on Twitter narrates how she needed to get her passport alongside that of her family at the embassy in New York.

According to Olubamiji, she lost courage in being proud of her country due to the nonchalant way she was attended to. She emphasized lateness of the Nigerian embassy staff, alongside their non-caring responses.

In her words;

“Yesterday, I was at Nigeria House in New York with my family to get our passports. If I write about my experience, it will go viral. How they talked us down, treated us like we don’t matter, the inconsistencies in their processes, late arrivals of employees, lack of empathy and I was moved to tears.

Let it be known that when diasporans try to stay patriotic to our country Nigeria, the systems kept making it difficult for us. We shouldn’t have to cry or plan to bribe or know that the system will not work. Why? No, I didn’t call anyone I knew to help me.

I wanted to experience this like I didn’t know anyone and I am still in disbelief. Yes I want to write nice things about my country but when things aren’t working, it is also our responsibility to say it.

I started asking myself why I wanted to renew this passport and why I wanted it for my child. That’s how much they humiliated us. Someone needs to look into the structures and systems running in our Nigeria embassies around the world, it needs to be looked at.

Before leaving, I told them if I am pushed I will make sure to bring this to twitter and ensure the government knows what that are doing.”

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