Famous human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has lamented over his delayed flight at the Lagos airport due to the “VIP Movement” on Monday, May 22.
Temporary flight restrictions in the airspace are a regular occurrence, primarily due to the movement of significant government personalities, special events, natural disasters, or other unusual events.
But in Nigeria, many say the situation is worse due to the overzealousness of government officials.
Effiong noted that ordinary Nigerians are always made to make sacrifices for their leaders at all times.
“We had finished boarding by 5 pm but couldn’t take-off until 5:30 pm due to “VIP Movement” at Lagos Airport.
“We are constantly forced to make sacrifices for “VIPs” who are ostensibly corrupt and incompetent politicians that are holding Nigeria to ransom. 30 minutes wasted.”
Responding, Austine Adams wrote:
“Annoying when you remember that they don’t even deserve the honour of wasting a minute of your time.”
Chyke Ezeh wrote:
Be grateful you were still on ground. It happens when you are airborne, too, and approaching for landing. Pray the pilot has enough fuel.
“The painful thing is that in developed climes, people get paid for compensation after wasting their precious time, with a good reason to the delay. But in Nigeria, they will insult you for being angry about the delay.”
Love Olufemi wrote:
“Yours was better. Jos’ flight for 2 pm today was shifted to 3:10 pm; people waited till 5 pm to board and waited 30 minutes on board because of the same VIP movement in the airport.”
Eguagie Samuel wrote”
“That’s the painful part; due to the roadblock for the same people, accessing one way to work this morning in Lagos was something else; if they are acting right, it will not be painful, and we will be happy sacrificing the time.”