…. and David Mark took Nigerians for granted

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By Pius Adesanmi
 If a report in the April 15, 2012 edition of The Nation is anything to go by, Senate President, David Mark, visited the National Hospital, Abuja, for dental and eye care before travelling to Israel for a bigger medical problem one month later. If you are a regular reader of my columns, then you understand that I have reached a point in my assessment of characters in Nigeria’s rulership to conclude that we deal fundamentally with only two unchanging modes of behaviour: minor idiocies and major idiocies. Because Nigerians mostly have to deal with major idiocies on the part of their rulers and public officials, I have learnt to thank God for little mercies whenever a member of the rulership manages to uncharacteristically come up with minor idiocies.

In the spirit of this logic, I must begin the present treatise by thanking God that Senator David Mark…

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THE NIGERIA OF MY DREAM – a poem

The Nigeria of my dream;
where there is stable power supply for like three months; the only cause for interruption is the quaterly routine maintenance which, does not take more than forty minutes.,., before which the power holding company would have tendered an unreserved apology to the Nigerian populace.

The Nigeria of my dream;
where there are reliable hospitals with real facilites capable of providing qualitative health care to the citizenry: fit enough to put the eyes of Mr. President off medical check-ups in Israel.

The Nigeria of my dream;
where muslims and christians live together in unity: where there is harmony between the over two hundred and fifty ethnic groups

The Nigeria of my dream
where Legislators work on part-time such that the cost of running government is at its barest minimum.

The Nigeria of my dream
where House of Representatives Members, Governors, House of Assembly Members and Local Government Chairmen do not hesitate to attend monthly town hall meetings for the sake of rendering account of their stewardship to poor masses who voted them into power.

The Nigeria of my dream
where water flows even in the remotest part of our towns: Where health services are fantastic, where there is electricity and water runs from the taps.

The Nigeria of my dream
where admission to institutions of higher learning is based on merit, not man-know-man.

The Nigeria of my dream
where Universities meet International standard and the least of such rank 25th in world university rankings.

The Nigeria of my dream
where the police on patrol will stop your car, ask for your papers, check it, greet you politely and wish you well.
where the police officer corrects you in love without begging for N20

The Nigeria of my dream
where the dollar sells for N30 and her citizens have little or no need travelling to the white man’s land.

The Nigeria of my dream
where air flights are relatively cheap such that people seldom travel by road and train

The Nigeria of my dream
where thiefing and looting political office holders are publicly executed: where fraudulent contractors are jailed without permutation and combination: where stealing from public coffers is neither fashionable nor attractive

The Nigeria of my dream
where Ikogosi warm spring, Olumo rock and Yankari games reserve are tourist’s havens for foreign nationals; where Jos is like small London and Suleja is devoid of boko haram

The Nigeria of my dream
where the soccer team ranks fifth in FIFA rankings and 1st in Africa

The Nigeria of my dream
where there is a functional social security system

The Nigeria of my dream
where leaders do not find it difficult organising a national diagolue from which the National Assembly brings out a blue print

The Nigeria of my dream
where Mr. President is a good man, bold and ready for the task. He is just charismatic and democratic but firm.
Where Nigerians earlier resolved never to allow shoeless people govern the country again

The Nigeria of my dream

tell me whether these dreams are realistic .,.,.,., achievable or not because
I do not wish to remain a dreamer

FOR OKONJO-IWEALA, CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME ¤

From the perspective of the average Nigerian still basking in the malariaic sun of subsidy ulabaloo, our dear Okonjo Iweala doesn’t deserve that world bank seat.

No doubt, Big Madam is qualified for that post tooth and nail, in terms of experience, exposure, pedigre and what have you.

However, the average Nigerian who now buys fuel at N100, courtesy of the Jonathan/Iweala permutation of January 2012, never prayed she got there.

Don’t condemn this woman! She is our own!! Let us support her!!!
bla_bla_bla
she is this, she is that
ïgbá (container), àwö (plate), ìkòkò bäbä ì$äsùn (old school pot) are some of the many things people said about her.

Listen!
Nigeria is rich but the larger percentage of Nigerians live in poverty stroke penury.

Okonjo Iweala was there, standing in for developing countries (Nigeria inclusive)

We are the giant ; one of the fastest growing economists in the world

but a middle-classed Nigerian prefers assylating in Ghana (who got some of their running current from us)
when the actual giant can’t boast of stable electricity.

Then, Nigerians ask > what is she going to do there?

In what way has her stay as world bank vp profited us?

Some have argued that the Paris club forgave Nigeria’s debt through
Big Madam’s influence

But Nigerians ask;
ëskíìs mà, where did that money go to?

This is the bottom line;
Nigerians have in the last couple of months grown extremely weary of a government that is unable to pay her workers N18,000 minimum wage.

Should we say Nigeria is getting better?
In terms of what? Ghana must go politricks,??
wide margin between the rich and the poor,??
abstract no-point subsidy agenda,??
Time will tell….

NURSE SHOOTS MOTHER, KIDNAPS BABY.

A Texas nurse has been charged with murder for shooting a young mother and kidnapping her three-day-old baby outside a pediatrician’s office.
Verna McClain, 30, had recently suffered a miscarriage but did not tell her fiance about it, local media reported. She allegedly kidnapped the baby in hopes of passing him off as her own.
Police managed to find the unharmed baby after several desperate hours of searching by tracing the suspect’s Lexus to a nearby apartment complex.
McClain didn’t have the baby when she returned home, but told police little Keegan Schuchardt could be found at her sister’s house.
“To recover a child who was kidnapped and a mother killed by a stranger within no connection within five or six hours is as good of police work as you can do,” Lieutenant Dan Norris of the Montgomery County sheriff department told reporters.
McClain was parked in front of a pediatrician’s office in Spring, Texas, when Kala Golden, 28, emerged with her son after a checkup on Tuesday afternoon.
She allegedly shot Golden and grabbed the baby, but Golden kept fighting even as blood was pouring out of her wounds.
Golden tried to grab her son out the car and was knocked to the ground as it sped away. Witnesses said she was screaming “my baby” as she struggled to get Keegan back.
Witnesses used Golden’s cellphone to contact her husband and mother. She died in hospital before her husband could get there.
Keith Schuchardt said that while he couldn’t understand why anyone would want to harm his wife he was relieved to have his son back safe in his arms.
“It was nice to know he’s still alive,” the distraught father told reporters outside his home.
The shooting sent shockwaves through the community.
“I feel so, so, so terrible for the family and the baby that will never get to know his mother,” neighbor Amanda Johnson told KHOU news.
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