*Upon my return from Rio+20 I started to make public demands of my ipad from Arik Air like I promised I would after giving them an ultimatum to find my ipad by Monday last week. They wrote to me to give them more time which I did. They have since cooled since even though I sents letters to say my hands would be forced to start #arikwhereismyipad all over again. This is the last letter I sent them and it here marks the beginning of an end I do not know but I don’t intend to blink until I either get my ipad or justice gets done one way or the other. I have the letter here unedited.
Again I was atthe police station today and the outcomes are not at all in line with myexpectations. To get a police report, I’d have to wait for the police to startand finish its investigation into what transpired. Considering the averageduration of police investigations in Nigeria, that is a route I will neversubscribe to. If this is Arik Air’s way of delaying the process of justice, I amnot about to buy into it. I have my own expectations and I intend to doeverything within the sphere of morality to get justice the right way.
With the policerequesting me to come over again on Monday 2nd July, what I expected to be aone-off attempt at getting a police report as you requested is obviously goingthe path of delayed justice as it is often the case here. I do not have thetime to wake up every morning to report at the police station. The opportunitycost of that is my productivity. I cannot be deprived of my tool ofproductivity and then willingly subject myself to more deprivation. I expect myipad on or before Monday 2nd July, 2012. By Tuesday 3rd July morning, if I donot have my ipad with me or an indication that it is available to be picked up,my hands would then have been forced to make demands of my ipad publicly. I havebeen collating internet materials on similar experiences of passengers on ArikAir and I now have quite a glut. This will be added to the ones I directlyreceived from individuals who have similar tales Arik Air’s lack ofprofessionalism.
By Wednesday ofthe same week, I will make a formal report at the Consumers Protection Council whilealso publishing the contents of my research efforts and emails. It does notmatter to me how much this affects your brand, it matters to me that peopleknow that a certain airline should not be trusted with their luggage. I will dothis for as long as it takes you to get my ipad or to accept responsibility forit in other ways. If we never come to that realisation, I’d let go of my ipadby the end of July and dedicate my media presence to demanding justice formaltreated passengers on Arik Air.
I have outlinedall of these to make you prepare for everything. I am just a small Nigerian boybut I will show how far “small” can go sometimes. Let me also state that theabove stated actions are a phase, I will go international and add othermeasures if the above fail. After July, returning my ipad would not be enoughto stop my onslaught. Next time, you will learn to employ staff members who arenot thieves and who are not too quick to threaten passengers with arrestbecause they voice their angst at being deprived of their belongings. If nothingat all, I would have built an advocacy for consumer rights over this and then I’dbe fulfilled even for losing an ipad albeit one that contains vital materialsand creative work.
Thank you verymuch for reading through. For the sake of my time and the distraction it willcause your organisation, I pray Monday ends all of these. If not, we will bothhave to do what we have to. Thank you.”
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