After spending 191 days under the manipulations of Nigeria’s legisla-thieve assembly, the 2018 Appropriation Bill was finally passed into law. Unlike the 2016 Budget which was said to have been padded, the 2018 Budget took a new leaf with executive knowledge. Perhaps, that is why that ‘Suspended Honourable’ from northwest has not raised eyebrows this time. Or, no, maybe to avoid another legislative suspension, which could affect the politricks ahead of 2019.
As expected, the 2018 Budget was upped; from N8.6 trillion presented by President Muhammadu Buharion on 7 November 2017 to N9.1 trillion. But, hey, no need for noise because it was done in ‘consultation with the executive.’ However, there is a good news – the National Assembly added 1% consolidated revenue fund to the health sector. That is, N55.1 billion was added for the implementation of the National Act. Praise thy Lord!
The face-off between the Senate and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) took a new twist. He appears calm but the Nigeria’s No. 3 citizen could be intimidated by the police boss. Even though he seldom wears white to plenary, the Senate President has declared that he is as pure as snow. Therefore, he has disclosed the plan of the IGP to soil his ‘Aso Ala’ by blackmailing him and his State Governor; trying to link them to some cultists arrested in Kwara State.
In order to curtail excesses of the daring IGP whose ‘transmission’ of the suspects from Ilorin to Abuja has caused a fear transfusion and apprehension in the Senate President, a nine-member committee has been set up to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue. The committee’s mandate is simple: the President should intervene in the matter. In times like this, the IGP’s seeming maneuverings remind one of the controversial police officer, Joseph Mbu.
So some members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), numbering 19, were involved in an accident along Benin-Auchi road. No thanks to the Federal Government’s ineptitude and the striking union members whose inconsideration has endangered the lives of many masses. But the JOHESU members were treated by doctors and consultants at the Otibho Okhai Hospital in Irua, Edo State. No life was lost. Imagine if the doctors were also striking like thunder, that accident would have really been a festival of tears for their immediate family members.
As the APC held its state congresses across the nation, the only Hip-Hop artiste in the Nigerian Senate has resurfaced again. Though no album has been released since his infamous encounters with the Nigerian Police; we should be on the lookout for something nice very soon. Hinting his followers of his resurrection from hospital, sorry from Lokoja prison, Dino Melaye tweeted: “Congratulations to the 72 new State Chairmen of APC. Every where na double double. What a blessed party!!!!”
It is no news that almost all the 36 states of the federation have seen the emergence of 2 State Chairmen after the APC state congresses. In a particular state, it was a battle of supremacy between one ‘Constituted Authority’ and ‘Mr. Inconsequential;’ and at another, it was Saraki v Lai. Indeed, it has been ‘double double (and trouble)’ everywhere for Nigeria’s ruling party.
Twitter has been flooded with over six million tweets about the ‘Royal Wedding.’ Yes, the world was greeted over the weekend with the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. Unlike in Nigeria where royalties could at times hold a wedding in the absence of the groom, Prince Harry was there for his bride. In fact, he drove her to their private evening reception in a scene akin to a James Bond film.
In case the Power Holding Company held your power or service providers colluded with some village people to deny you seeing the ‘Royal Wedding,’ have no worries, CDs of the whole scenes in Lagos traffic from tomorrow for N500 or less. We trust our people. The Lord is good!
Till next weekend, be a good Nigerian.