Saturday, March 19, 2016

A country of Minors

I said before, and I repeat that Nigeria is a country that major in Minors; but I'm beginning to think we are also minors. Minors throw tantrum, they blame others, they can't make decisions and follow throw. Minors are children, they're not matured. They feel helpless. Here are four reasons why I think we are exhibiting Advance Minors Syndrome (AMS). Think of it:

1. Ogbeni is to blame for not being able to pay salaries for borrowing when the FG insist on selling its dollar to Dangote for 197 naira indeed of 340, reducing Osun's take from 3.3bn to 1.7bn? Ok , Osun had 1.695 bn worth of debt, but at least 1.6bn will remain if we are not playing Ostrich with the Forex to pay salaries and fuel his helicopter 😂

Some of you are crying about the subsidy for the rich kids Vis CBN employment. The biggest subsidy is the undersold naira given to the richest among us. Yet some say we've been blowing grammar. Ok now. Complex as the issue may be, Nigerians sweat the small stuff while the big elephant is ignored.

2. Ocholi's driver is to blame for overspeeding, but who is to blame for the massive craters that destroyed the tires on Kaduna-Abuja road? The FRSC guy gave a presentation and then put fixing the bad road as the last item when Fashola was seating in the room. 9 months after swearing in, we are deceiving ourselves!

3. Vandals are to blame for power outage and system collapse , when we are yet to point to exactly which installation was vandalized? Truth was we celebrate misinformation.  We told them when celebration ensued  late last year that the combination of weather and rains is making their day. Now that the heat is up, and our under invested transmission system is collapsing in response, they're blaming unnamed vandals. Who is deceiving who?

What happened to just being truthful and actioning a plan to decentralize the transmission system in 9-18 months while we build 100 MW (all sources welcomed) in every state? This is what we promised, lets do it!

4. Lastly, we've blamed the petrol scarcity that started before the strikes on the unions? Only in Nigeria! Now that we are 10 days after the strikes and the queues are refusing to disappear how about we admit we made a grave error in not moving fast enough to reform the sector? How about we look at the very premise of price control (when petrol prices are at historic lows) and explore if this is smart policy or dumb policy?

Oh no! Too hard! A nation of minors.


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