When news reports mentioned 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as the culprit responsible for trying to denote an explosion on the Northwest flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan this last Friday, a friend of mine immediately called me to highlight some very sensitive things to me. The things he told me were so true and I am going to be brutally truthful about them in this article. My friend who is Nigerian and who leaves in Texas told me that you know ever since he has been following news events about Nigerians, that he has never heard of them( Nigerians) being involved in any kind of Al Qaeda styled terrorism. According to him, the vast majority of Nigerians he knows here in the US are hard working and highly educated. However, the rogue elements of them are usually reported to engage in mostly economic crimes namely international advance fee frauds, credit card frauds, dubious wire transfers etc. But blowing up an airplane? He insisted that that is not a Nigerian crime. Think about it, what is the perpetuator of this crime going to get as compensation? There is not material gain for him. According to my friend, a Nigerian is just like an American who believes and hopes for a better life in future. He/she wants to live and actualize his/her dream of a better life. As someone who has spent a lot of years in Nigeria and last visited Nigeria in April, I know that Nigerians are not noted for acts like this. But as I think of it, I tend to have a little fear in me because the world is actually changing. Terrorism now has no boundaries and terrorist financiers can use any individual of any nationality for their evil acts. In fact it is increasingly becoming the norm that a terrorist is that disgruntled citizen of any nation. Remember Richard Reed, the British citizen who is well known as the shoe bomber for trying to explode whatever explosive he was carrying hidden in his shoes couple of years ago. Al Qaeda can recruit from anywhere they can capture low minded individuals whom they use to actually distort the teaching of Islam for their own nefarious intentions. As I ponder over what my friend told me, I increasingly keep coming to the conclusion that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab may not even be Nigerian. Have you ever thought of obtaining a Nigerian International passport? It is as easy as ABC. You see the level of corruption in Nigeria is astonishingly high. According to an index released by the international watch dog group Transparency International, Nigeria is ranked 130 out of the 180 countries covered by the report in 2009. What does that tell you? It is simple that everything is possible in Nigeria especially when it comes to official corruption. So it is very very easy to lay hands at a Nigerian International passport to commit any act that any individual wishes to commit. I have this belief that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab more than likely is not a Nigerian, but someone who acquires a Nigerian International passport for his evil intentions. Also come to think of it, Nigerian society or culture does not accept suicide (martyrdom) as a legitimate means of achieving any goal. It was never used by any side during the Biafran civil war in the 60’s. The three main ethnic groups in Nigeria namely the Yoruba abhor it, the Igbo distaste it and the Hausa condemn it. Even though the issue of religion is a deep rooted problem in Nigeria, Nigerians love life and hope for all the good things that come with it. . On my visit last April, a friend of mine told me that “Hope” is in fact a Nigerian. According to him a Nigerian is very hopeful and optimistic that his/her life will one day be better and that it is worth for him/her to live and see what the future will bring. In fact it is ridiculous to see a Nigerian as a suicide bomber. The Nigerian government irrespective of its entrenched corruption has no sympathy or tolerance for any form of religious extremist. This is an area I know they are very effective. Just last August, the Nigerian government completely extinguished a group of Islamist renegades called Boko Harram who even though denied any affiliation with Al Qaeda had a strong dislike for any form of western education. They increasingly showed a lot of and pro Al Qaeda tendencies. This Islamist group and their main leader Mohammed Yusuf were immediately executed and most of their members were killed by the Nigerian government. This link may interest you; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePpUvfTXY7w I know that if Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is Nigerian as he is claiming, his village will ostracize him and his family for bringing immense shame to his people and the world at large. Kennedy Kelechi Halams Kelechi is a professor of International Business at Baker College Michigan.