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Other Madness – by Femi Olabisi

23 Sep

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It is no longer news that Boko Haram conveniently overran a Nigerian military barrack and surrounding villages of Maiduguri, killings about 200 civilians and soldiers; it is no longer news that Al-Shabaab Islamist siege on Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya has (so far) led to the death of 62 people (I pray the madness that started three days ago end soon).  And it is no longer news that Nigeria offered to offer help to Kenya to fight terrorism (methinks Nigeria Boko Haram is a humanitarian organisation).

It is no longer news that the Nigeria military and the State Security Service (SSS) are considered culpable in the wrongful killings of hapless labourers in Abuja, and it is no longer news they are being fingered in a grand conspiracy to cover it up and label them members of Boko Haram terrorist group.

It is no longer news that government universities in Nigeria have been on ‘forced-vacations’ since June (and seems the government care less if they stay shut for life); and it is no longer news that lecturers in government Polytechnics and Colleges of Education just ended Warning Strikes to drive home their demands (they may resume the strikes anytime).

It is no longer news that the Nigeria legislators (totalling 469) legally take home N150,000,000,000 (One hundred and fifty billion naira) yearly aside from other ‘sidekicks’ while the entire higher institutions get just N450,000,000,000 (Four hundred and fifty billion naira) a year.

It is no longer news that a female minister spent N2,000,000,000 (Two billion naira) in two years on chartered jets when her ministry has one on standby and when Nigeria has one of the highest (if not the highest) number of presidential jets in the world.

It is no longer news that Mr. President expressly granted amnesty to convicted criminals (who should, in sane climes, have permanent resident in prisons); it is no longer news….

The above and other unstated madness are just part of Nigeria configuration.

The new madness?

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan travelled to the UN in New York with ‘just’ 600 entourage.

Multiply that number with the usual over-blotted allowances for hotel, air transport, estacode, etc.  and make your conclusions.

The writer is on Twitter: @Femiolas

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Opinion

 

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