|Douala International Airport|
Murtala Muhammed International Airport at Lagos, however is a fairly modern large busy airport, which seems to function with reasonable efficiency and unmitigated hostility from the staff. The girl on the information desk was far too busy chatting on her mobile phone to actually provide a service, the security guard who searched me seemed to be under the impression that I was personally responsible for the UK government immigration policy. "Why is it so difficult to get permanent residence in the United Kingdom?" , he kept blaring in halitoses ridden breath whilst making the most incompetent search imaginable, I could have probably carried a rocket launcher through he was so obsessed.
Prior to boarding my hand luggage was searched again, "What have you got for me?" is the inevitable question posed by Nigerian Customs and security staff as opposed to the more internationally recognised "Anything to declare?"
Having finally attained the relative security of the plane, I wondered, perhaps the formulators of UK Immigration policy have also travelled through Lagos, and it would be little wonder if they had formed a poor opinion of the country.
Which brings me back to the fact that, first impressions last, those who are chosen to police their countries borders can do great service or catastrophic dis-service to their fellow countrymen. I know and have met many polite, courteous and hard working Nigerians, however none of them seem to be able to get a job at the airport.