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How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Omooba77: 5:21pm On Jan 07
Damning Description Of How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website

The United States Embassy on its website also announced that the number of Nigerian students in its country increased by 5.8 per cent in the 2018/19 academic year,

Also, Vanguard earlier reported the result of a survey by Afrobarometer which revealed that “one in three Nigerians have considered emigration, most to find an economic opportunity”.

The United States of America is undoubtedly one of the places many Nigerians want to emigrate. Foreign investment into Nigeria rises by 34% to $8.5bn in Q1’19 according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

As much as we celebrate foreign investments and tries to woo citizens of countries like the United States to invest here, it appears Nigeria infrastructure and security problems is a deterring factor.

How the website of the US embassy in Nigeria portrayed the country (Nigeria) is disheartening and a call to duty for the Nigerian government.

Nigerian Health States

The US embassy confirmed Nigeria has well-trained health professionals but lacks good health facility; notably the absence of required medications in the health facilities.

On its website, the embassy noted; “Nigeria has a number of well-trained doctors, yet medical facilities are generally poor. Many medicines are unavailable, including medications for diabetes and hypertension.

“Caution should be taken when purchasing medicines locally, as counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a common problem and may be difficult to distinguish from genuine medications. Hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

“Emergency services comparable to those in the United States or Europe are non-existent, and the blood supply is unreliable and unsafe for transfusion. For serious medical problems, you should consider travelling to the United States, Europe, or South Africa for treatment.

“U.S. citizens should dial 112 in case of an emergency. Emergency numbers may not be reliable.

“Ambulance services are not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas.

“Adequate health facilities are available in major cities, but health care in rural areas may be below U.S. standards; Public medical clinics lack basic resources and supplies; Private hospitals usually require advance payment or proof of adequate insurance before admitting a patient; Generally, in public hospitals, only minimal staff are available overnight (in non-emergency wards).”

The embassy comments on Nigerian water is also nothing to write home about. It noted that; “No areas [in Nigeria] have safe tap water. Bottled water and beverages are generally safe, although; “You should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested. Be aware that ice for drinks may be made using tap water.”

Air pollution is also a significant problem identified by the embassy to be a major problem in several major cities in Nigeria.

Nigeria Road Conditions and Safety

“Roads are generally in poor condition, causing damage to vehicles and contributing to hazardous traffic conditions. There are few working traffic lights or stop signs, and few traffic control officers to manage traffic during power outages. The rainy season, generally from May to October, is especially dangerous because of flooded roads and water-concealed potholes.”

Nigerian drivers drive on the wrong side of the road

“Driving between 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. should be done with extreme caution. Automobiles, trucks, or “okadas” (motorbikes) often drive on the wrong side of the road or on sidewalks.”

Nigerian Traffic Control Officers Seek Bribes
“Traffic control officers may occasionally seek bribes when citing drivers for traffic violations. If stopped by traffic police, drivers should stop as instructed.”

The embassy also advised its citizens to avoid driving any traffic police to the police station.

“Do not pay any bribes. If requested to drive an officer to the police station, do not do so, especially at night as some traffic police are imposters.”

In spite of Nigeria being the largest producer of oil in Africa, the long queues at the filling stations did not go unnoticed by the embassy.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/01/damning-description-of-how-us-embassy-portrays-nigeria-on-its-website/amp

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Xavi2019: 5:37pm On Jan 07
There's no lie there....

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Racoon(m): 5:41pm On Jan 07
This is just a summary of the irony of what Nigeria has became today as a nation especially in security & health wherein our rulers have so much failed that Nigeria has now become a tragicomic joke.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by budaatum: 5:45pm On Jan 07
This is not a portrayal of Nigeria, but of we Nigerians who create the despicable things described here in our country called Nigeria!

We Nigerians will change our ways when we finally decide to dislike being described this way.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Tomide007: 5:47pm On Jan 07
If I was to describe the sectors they touched on, there won't be any difference.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by CSTR2: 5:51pm On Jan 07
You still dey shame?
Lol.

Keep voting for idiots that have no clue on how to build a developed society.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Blackking98(m): 5:52pm On Jan 07
But it's the truth na. Like say if Dem give u opportunity to go USA u no go Japa. Me I go pass without looking back

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by CSTR2: 5:55pm On Jan 07
budaatum:
This is not a portrayal of Nigeria, but of we Nigerians who create the despicable things described here in our country called Nigeria!

We Nigerians will change our ways when we finally decide to dislike being described this way.
Buhari has been in power for five years now and cannot point to one world class tertiary hospital he has built.
What then has he done?

That is not excluding the other hopeless leaders you people have been electing since 1999.

In 2023, you would still elect another useless leader that you are very familiar with.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Ustec: 6:14pm On Jan 07
So true, visitor wey sabi the house pass the owner.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Staro: 6:19pm On Jan 07
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But, seriously, did the Embassy lie?.
We have to stop deluding ourselves.

Buhari is Nigeria's biggest hypocrite!

He and his party actually gave Nigerians fake hopes that
he was coming to change things only to worsen them

.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by alezzy13: 6:35pm On Jan 07
Chai!! See as them finish us cry

Some truth, but a lot of exaggerations. In the health sector for instance I don't agree the issue of fake drugs is still as serious as it once was.

Secondly I don't totally agree medications are not available in most hospital. There may be occasional stockout but I don't think it's a general issue


Lastly in this day and age how many people still request for tap water? It's almost always bottled water even in those road side bukas

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by bindukwe(m): 6:37pm On Jan 07
Nigeria's biggest problem is accountability.

No system is in place to hold these office holders accountable for their promises and the goods they have to deliver.

Making a hashtag trend on twitter isn't accountability either.

Our legal system is useless when it comes to cases of these nature. We need an independent agency that will work as a regulatory body for government officers.

If they make a promise, hold it to them till they deliver. And if they can't deliver they should be heavy penalties for it.

How person go dey chop that amount of salary with allowances and bribes, and not deliver anything of note to the people who employed you.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by budaatum: 6:39pm On Jan 07
CSTR2:

In 2023, you would still elect another useless leader that you are very familiar with.
We probably might. Imagine Athiefku in 2023. By 2028 Nigerians would likely be weeping and cursing.

We dodged a bullet there! We voted to reduce the pigs feeding excessively at the trough.

Sai Bubu Next Level!

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Omooba77: 6:40pm On Jan 07
Nothing but the Truth, our roads are worse off now

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Biafrannuke: 6:41pm On Jan 07
summary
Zoo is a failed state

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by greatdreamer(m): 6:42pm On Jan 07
The report is true. What do you expect when the sitting president of a country is the health ambassador in Great Britain

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by budaatum: 6:45pm On Jan 07
bindukwe:


We need an independent agency that will work as a regulatory body for government officers.
We need to understand that we are the independent agency and work as a regulatory body for ourselves and our government.

And trust me when I say we are doing fine indeed, learning skills on here to empower ourselves! Imagine what you'd do when you grow up.

Sai Seun Next Level!

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Awol1(m): 6:47pm On Jan 07
Hahahaha.

I laughed all through the read.

It's either the person that wrote this, is an American that lived in Nigeria for an appreciable number of time or that the US embassy contracted a Nigerian to write it.

'"Okadas" drive on the wrong side of the road.'

"Emergency services as in US and UK is nonexistent"

"Ambulances are nonexistent or not reliable"

"Restaurants serve tap water except you request bottled water".

" Water concealed potholes "..

This people don know us finish.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by LabDNA: 6:52pm On Jan 07
Divide the country let everyone go home and build their nations. The country is too bloated for black men to run.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by DaBullIT(m): 7:06pm On Jan 07
If only the son of nobody like me can attain political power


I'd probably get assassinated for my policies but I'd be a hero of democracy

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by punisha: 7:07pm On Jan 07
Your sentiments are uncalled for...
Ur leaders despise growth.
So we keep shouting up nepa for now till they die off one by one and their grips off this country. Gowon is still alive,so is ibb, obj and Co...be thankful for the little nice things they said and let it go.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by BlackSeptember: 7:10pm On Jan 07
There is no lie there. If Femi Adesina dare to say pim', I will report him to Trump and some bomb meant for Iraq will be donated to Aso rock

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by MetaPhysical: 7:11pm On Jan 07
I wish they listed more....particularly about the weapons of mass destruction we call cooking gas.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by bindukwe(m): 7:13pm On Jan 07
budaatum:

We need to understand that we are the independent agency and work as a regulatory body for ourselves and our government.

And trust me when I say we are doing fine indeed, learning skills on here to empower ourselves! Imagine what you'd do when you grow up.

Sai Seun Next Level!


That's on the individual level. what concerns the state is beyond that level of power.

You're not buying and selling to yourself, you're not your own economy.

Who'd have the final say in what concerns everyone? You can't operate at your fullest potential on your own, you need people.
The skills you learn isn't for yourself, its value exchanged for what you value.

That transaction has to be regulated by an independent power who will play fair to you both.
You can't be that power, because nothing stops you or the other from being unfair to each other.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by babyfaceafrica: 7:14pm On Jan 07
And so?
Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by NimrodEndOfDays(m): 7:17pm On Jan 07
LabDNA:
Divide the country let everyone go home and build their nations. The country is too bloated for black men to run.
The West won't allow it.

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by deji68: 7:22pm On Jan 07
Well, that is the sad reality in Naija...try dialling 112 .... my favourite twitter guy Stanley died from blood tranfusion cool cool cool

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by TemmyT002(m): 7:24pm On Jan 07
Jeez
We all should weep at this
It is saddening
Han han

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by aminusodiq(m): 7:28pm On Jan 07
D article isnot comprehensive enough!... Dey only wrote roughly 50% of wats actually happenin in Nigeria sad

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by AJOBI77(m): 7:38pm On Jan 07
Can you please point out the wrong accusation (s) in these?

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Re: How US Embassy Portrays Nigeria On Its Website by Iruobean(m): 7:38pm On Jan 07
angry

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