Depending on your X settings, you might have seen the name, “Suella Braverman” trending throughout the day.
Who is Suella Braverman?
To Nigerians, she was, until this morning, the British minister in charge of “Japa”.
To the rest of the world, she was the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Her department (ministry) oversees issuing visas and determining who stays in the UK and who is asked to leave.
To cut a long story short, Suella Braverman has the power to fulfill or crush millions of dreams and she did the latter recently when she announced a restriction on foreign students who are allowed to bring their dependents with them to the UK. Under the new visa rules, which comes into effect in 2024, only international students studying postgraduate research programs can bring their dependents to the UK. Postgraduate research programs are defined as PhDs and research-based master’s degrees.
If you are an undergraduate student, you won’t be able to bring your dependents to the UK.
She published a list showing the whole world that her department issued more visas to Nigerians as dependents of students than they issued to actual students from Naija.
What Ms Braverman will be remembered for is her “Rwanda” policy. She was planning to ship anybody trying to claim asylum in the UK to Rwanda. They should go and be dragging it with Kegame and that one nor send anybody!
The matter was challenged in court and the Supreme Court will decide on it very soon. If the Supreme Court rules in favour of the policy, just tell anybody you know who wants to “Kawo soke” (seek asylum) in the UK that they might as well face Kigali and not bother going to London.
She was sacked this morning by the British Prime Minister because, as Yoruba people would put it, Enu e nwa roff gan recently. (“her mouth has been driving recklessly, recently”).
She had been “mis-jiving” for a long time but the most recent was an article she published in a newspaper accusing the police of taking sides with those demonstrating in support of Palestine and bobo Rishi didn’t like that at all so he sacked her.
Needless to say, most Nigerians won’t shed a tear over her departure.