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Samizdata quote of the day

When was the last time you saw a very light-skinned Nigerian criminal? All the armed robbers that are paraded by the Nigerian police are usually dark skinned. Yes the SSS paraded the light-skinned Kabiru Sokoto, but they did him the courtesy of buying him a brand new t-shirt after they caught him hiding. When they showed him to news men, his face showed no signs of being tortured. So also the light-skinned alleged mastermind of the Nyanya bombing, Aminu Ogwuche. No swollen face or beating. If they were dark skinned, they would have been shirtless and sitting on the floor with a split lip or swollen eye. That is why I always advice dark skinned people to avoid crime. Because they will be the first to be caught. And when they get caught, no one will feel bad about giving them a good beating.

Elnathan John

11 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Nigeria is a weird place, without a doubt the country I am least keen to ever go back to.

  • I don’t know if the writer is aware of this – I suspect he is, but for whatever reason has ignored it in this post – but in Nigeria, as many other places, those with the darkest skin usually engage in outdoor work (or, more commonly in the case of Nigeria, outdoor loitering). As such, the darkness of their skin can often be used to determine the kind of work they do which in turn reveals how well-connected they are. The police are therefore unlikely to belt the shit out of a light-skinned person because there is a possibility they might have an office job and a well-placed relative. Somebody who is coal-black has less of a chance.

  • Don’t let the sun go down on that blogger.

  • bloke in spain

    @Tim N
    Hence the popularity of skin lightening products with Nigerians & many other Africans.
    “When was the last time you saw a very light-skinned Nigerian criminal?”
    With our extensive local population of part time street prossies, full time pickpockets – who slather themselves with the stuff – daily.
    So Tim’s correct. If it wipes off on your finger, nick* ’em to be on the safe side.

    *Definitely, most definitely, not in the French understanding of this word.

  • Paul Marks

    How very odd.

  • Nicholas (Self-Sovereignty) Gray

    Maybe bruises don’t show up on dark skin? So the cops think they can hit dark-skinned compatriots with much less chance of evidence?

  • Nicholas (Self-Sovereignty) Gray

    And who is impersonating Paul Marks? A three-word comment? IMPOSSIBLE!!!

  • Laird (oops, I meant "Paul Marks")

    Nicholas, we could all start impersonating Paul!

  • Phil B

    Of course, if you are visiting Nigeria, go vegetarian, regardless of your culinary preferences …


  • Eric

    I always advise dark skinned people to avoid crime. And… light skinned people, too.

  • Thailover

    Ah Nigeria, a place where a woman can be buried from the waist down and be stoned to death for the crime of adultery as a form of “justice”. Barbarians is too good a word for them.