An Oasis of Waterloo: The Unmasking Of Hushpuppi and Effect on Nigerians

It’s no longer news that Ramon Olorunwa Abass, popularly known as Hushpuppi, was arrested earlier in June along with Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as Woodberry and 10 others, by the e-police unit of the Dubai Police.

Going down the memory lane, Hushpuppi was formally a hustler on the streets of Lagos. His mother, “Iya Ramoni” as she was fondly called, used to be a petty trader before things changed for good. Hushpuppi used to be a music director in an undisclosed popular church before he moved to Malaysia to look for greener pastures, just to make ends meet. Few months after he left for Malaysia, things started to change for him and based on security and with regards to the kind of work he’s doing, he decided to relocate to Dubai where he met his gang, and met his doom alongside them.

A popular African adage says “every day is for the thief, but one day is for the owner”, such is the hullabaloo happening with, and around Hushpuppi and his folks. As I will always say, Nigeria is a mile of smiles and not a path of parch, a country so blessed with high level of natural resources, to such an extent that it would have been the most richest nation in Africa, if not the world. But as opposed, her people are apparently living in abject poverty with an average Nigerian living on 3dollars per week, according to The Cable NG.

Unarguably, one of the problem of this nation apart from bad leaders is that the youths don’t believe in themselves, and they are afraid of what the future holds. Sometimes ago, a video of a young boy which presumably  won’t be more than 7 – 9 years went viral, in the video, the young boy was saying “mo fe shashe, mo fe shashe” which is a popular slang among Nigerian youths meaning “I want to do yahoo (fraud)”. This is to tell you that even though it may seem as if the young boy doesn’t know what he was saying, its shows that the mentality of an average young Nigerian has been manipulated at a young age. This is largely due to the fact that everyone wants to meet the demands of the society, which is further intensified by peer pressure.

Predictably, this insensate act done by Hushpuppi and his associates would in one way, or the other haunt and taunt innocent Nigerians. Now, everyone around the world would have to take precautionary measures while dealing with Nigerians. Hushpuppi would never go scot free, this is now an international crime case. For years and ages to come, Hushpuppi will forever be a bad egg in our society; he has definitely changed people’s perspective about us. As far as America is concerned, he will forever be in their heart not as a saint, but as a disgusting thief and scammer. I now see the reasons with why some Nigerian artists like Phyno, Ice-prince and the likes, were against him. Before now, there had been an uproar of Hushpuppi being was a scammer, unfortunately, many believed they were false rumors.

Some days ago, a popular socialite, Kemi Olunloyo, released a few minutes video, sharing her perspectives about the ongoing Hushpuppi saga. In the video, Kemi, strongly criticized Nigerian government, she made them understand that there can never be a smoke without a blazing inferno. She said it’s really a good thing that Hushpuppi and his gang were being arrested in Dubai, and not in Nigeria because had it been they were arrested in Nigeria, the same scenario that happened during Mompha’s (another fraudster) fraud case where Nigerian government in conjunction with EFCC failed Nigerians, would also have been what Hushpuppi’s case would have resulted into. Kemi olunloyo emphatically and rigorously stated that Hushpuppi should never be transferred back to Nigeria, so as not to see justice averted to his favour.

It was stated by Dubai police that Hushpuppi defrauded 1.9 million people (1,926,400 victims to be precise), and they also recovered about 15 flash drives, 119500 files, 47 smart phones, 6 hard drives and 21 laptops. Seeing this, while surfing the internet, a question popped to my mind that: Who actually was Anini and Oyenusi, compared to Hushpuppi?  These two guys were once dreaded armed robbers some decades ago in Nigeria and they really terrorized Nigerians. An individual once said, ‘’ if only Nigerian government could utilize the brain of these fraudsters, Nigeria may have been a nation to gaze upon by other developing countries (On a lighter note though)’’.

I’ll end this with an African adage, ‘’A child should only attempt to break the shell of a snail, but not that of a tortoise’’. Meaning: ‘do not attempt to do what is beyond your power or might, because it would always come with a repercussion which will not only boomerang on you, but everything that concerns you, including your beloved ones and the future of your kids. Whatever is worth doing, it is worth doing best. To all hardworking youths out there, remember, life is like a shadow and a mist, it passes quickly by and within a twinkling of an eye, it’s no more. Life is short and we only live it, once.

Ewete Emmanuel

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