Last week was a long week. Luckily, it was also a fun week which means it was a particularly lucrative week for our “amebo ministry” and here we are as always to give you the dish on all the things we heard that had us with our mouths hanging open.
First up is the shock we were given when our dear president, Muhammadu Buhari, speaking at Ghana’s independence celebration offered to help Ghana fight corruption.
Our shock is certainly understandable seeing as we as a nation are so crippled by this same issue of corruption, that a government official recently attempted to explain away a deficit in her accounts by claiming that a snake had swallowed the money.
Someone should help us ask the president how we can be offering to help another country fight something that is killing us. Which weapons does President Buhari intend to offer the Ghanaians? Because if they are at all effective, he might want to use them at home first since the strategy he has employed so far is not impressing those of us over here much.
To further compound our embarrassment on the International front, the British government in the midst of all the Brexit brouhaha seem to consider Nigerian prisoners a big enough problem to warrant them planning to build themselves a seven hundred thousand pound wing in Kiri Kiri prison.
Although this discussion is said to have commenced back in 2014, and the current plans do not say when the construction is to be completed, the new 112 bed prison will allow Britain to transfer Nigerian prisoners back home to complete their sentences.
Still on embarrassing things that happened last week, Thursday 8 of March was International women’s day and Nigerians did not forget. Sadly however, in the midst of a global celebration of the growing representation of women in leadership and politics, one of our lawmakers decided to show the world his low opinion of women’s relevance to national issues.
Honourable Gudaji Muhammed Kazure stood on the podium at the House of Representatives and counselled against “giving women more chance” in Nigerian politics. His reasons were that women already control the home and may become too influential if allowed into the corridors of power.
Most unfortunate out this little comedy showwas not that it was delivered on International Women’s day, or that it was delivered by a lawmaker in the house of parliament, it was that his audience, made up of both men and women, apparently found the entire speech hilarious instead of insulting.
Over on the eastern part of the country, some members of Imo state APC do not seem to agree with Governor Rochas Okorocha’s impression that his son-in-law Mr. Uche Nwosu would make a perfectly good successor for him once his tenure is over.
A faction of APC in the state which calls itself the Restoration Coalition described the endorsement as a “Theatre of absurdity” and promised to block the endorsement while insisting on free and fair primaries. We wait with bated breath to see how this little drama will play out especially since governor Rochas immediately responded by bragging that no one can stop him from endorsing his son-in-law.
The national body of APC might want to be careful here as their eastern stronghold seems to be moving into troubled waters. Governor Rochas’s penchant for all things dramatic could not have helped the APC’s image in the state and this issue might be the death knell for APC’s rulership of Imo state.
The final piece of News on our the table for discussion for today is the confession by Senator Shehu Sani in a recent interview with News magazine that he estimates the running cost for a senator to be 13.5 million naira per month. Do the math people, we have 109 senators in Nigeria. Multiply that by 13.5 million naira per month and it amounts to a WHOLE LOT OF MONEY!!!
This, in a country where the minimum wage is eighteen thousand naira and government workers are often on strike because they have not been paid. The senate can hardly deny this news as it was said by one of them and the good senator would certainly know how much he is being paid.
We don’t even want to consider the total cost when the House of Representatives is added to the equation. Clearly, it is no mystery why our budget every year is a mess of recurrent expenditure.
God save Nigeria, our parliament pay themselves all sorts of allowances at our expense, our executive leave us at the mercy of the many snakes and monkeys that seem to have developed a taste for cash. And at the end,the government comes to tell us that the country is broke.
Oh well, that’s all we got for today. May this week be better and may the news be pleasant. Till next time.