It’s no longer news that Nigeria has been disconnected from using PayPal service, the platform that allows various business partners to transact money online irrespective of the country.
The only reason given for such an action was cybercrime. This implies that no business in Nigeria can benefit from PayPal service, which makes it difficult for freelancers to work with companies that only insist on paying through the PayPal system.
An adage says that two wrongs don’t make a right, which I completely agree. Disconnecting millions of Nigerians and thousands of businesses because of a small fraction of the population is really disheartening. There are scams everywhere. It’s not only in Nigeria.
Nigeria is a country that is best known for cybercrimes, and it often amazes me how people from other countries overlook the other side of the country.
I think the treatment we got from PayPal was totally unfair. In fact, it was very harsh. Your decision had cost many businesses to crumble, and it had also put many freelancers into a problem of how to get their money for the services they’ve rendered.
Being a freelancer, I can tell you how difficult it is for me to get paid for any service I render to companies outside the country. Often, I would go through a third party that lives outside the country. He will also have to go through a bank process to get the money down to me.
Meaning I pay charges twice or thrice, which makes me lose more money.
There was a time when the First Bank of Nigeria froze my account. They suspected my transaction. I was getting money from a particular sender monthly and it seems they don’t feel comfortable with it. Until I had to provide evidence.
Yes, even we Nigerians don’t trust ourselves and that baffles me.
But I’m really surprised that our leaders are not talking about it. Maybe because they don’t use PayPal service.
Here are some questions I would love to ask the operators of PayPal:
- Would PayPal have done that to a country like the United States of America, or England?
- Have you not recorded any cybercrime on PayPal since you blocked Nigeria?
- Have you not recorded any cybercrime from other countries and did you also block them?
I would implore PayPal to revisit that decision and make a change with immediate effect.
The annoying part of it all, despite being blocked from transacting money through PayPal, we still get the weekly newsletters and other features that give updates about your service.
Why give us updates when we are not a beneficiary of your service?
It is high time we tell other countries that Nigeria is not a country of scammers.
There are scams. I agree, but it should not be targeted at our beloved country, Nigeria. It is everywhere.
Our youth are being deprived of their benefits and rights, our qualified graduates overseas can’t get the right opportunity because everyone is scared of them.
- We are not scammers!
- Stop treating us like one!
- Stop judging us unfairly!
Judge us as humans that make mistakes and punish the offender. Stop punishing the whole people of the country because of a small fraction of the population.
Bring back PayPal to Nigeria.