5 Things that Should Matter Today: The FBI and Saudi Arabia turned Nigerian Twitter into a tribal war, and it was ugly

Nigeria’s global image recently took another dent as Saudi Arabia is set to execute 23 Nigerians for drug-related offenses. Convicted for contravening the narcotic and psychotropic substances that are punishable by death, and according to Saudi authorities, they were arrested between 2016 and 2017 at King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah and Prince Muhammad bin Abdu-Aziz International Airport, Madinah having concealed the banned substances in their rectums.

This is coming just days after the FBI busted 80 Nigerians for fraud, reportedly one of the the biggest in U.S. history. These reports of corruption took on a nasty nuance on the internet – the Nigerians that appeared on the FBI list barely 72 hours ago were Igbos and while Yorubas and Hausas were linked to the Saudi Arabia drug trafficking. As such the internet was brimming with tribal profiling and intolerance that did nothing to address the critical situation of Nigeria’s tarnished image.

Was the tribal war necessary? Does it solve anything? The sooner we recognise that Nigerians will collectively suffer the consequences of its smeared reputation, the better.

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