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Constitutional or Not?

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On the radio show “Political Platform” a couple of days ago, a listener sent in a message concerning the 220 million naira the Kano State government had earmarked to cater for those who couldn’t afford food to break their fast during the Ramadan. He was of the opinion that the government could have used the money for a project aimed at creating gainful employment for these people rather than just feeding them for the period. Just as I was ruminating on the thought, a call was placed across to someone who is supposed to be a spokesperson or something of that sort for the Kano state government. And then, the “sophisticated illiteracy” of many of our government officials was thrown out in the open yet again.

The conversation went thus; (P.S: this is an abridged version of the conversation)

Show anchor: Have any funds had been earmarked for feeding in this fasting season?

Spokesperson: Yes, the Kano government has earmarked 220 million naira for the feeding of Muslims who cannot afford food to break their fasts during the Ramadan. There are a lot of Muslims who do not have anything to break their fasts and the government has taken it upon itself to cater for this people.

Show anchor: One of our listeners is of the opinion that the money should be used to create jobs for this people instead of feeding them for just this period also considering the debt log of the state.

Spokesperson: Yes yes, the government will create jobs for them, but the people have to be healthy to work (huh???). If they are not healthy, how will they work? It is the government’s duty to feed the people. The state’s governor is very sensitive to the people’s plight. If the Kano state government doesn’t give them food what will they eat after their fast. We are giving cooked food not raw food. blah…. blah….. blah…. He said some things I couldn’t make any sense of.

Show anchor: Is this money coming from the government’s purse or is the governor personally funding it? Because we know the Kano State government was listed as one of the states in debt.

Spokesperson: Yes, the Kano state government is funding the project because as you know the people of the state have to be fed (what???)….. blah….. blah……. blah…… some more incoherent words.

Show anchor: Is it constitutional for the governor to fund such a project from the government’s purse? Is there a provision in the constitution for this? Does this action have a constitutional backing?

(In my mind, I was just begging the guy to cut the call and run before he fools himself; I am not looking forward to another oga at the top saga. Imagine if he had said something like, “I don’t know, I need to ask my oga. Or it’s my oga that brought up the idea, so I don’t really know)

Spokesperson: Silence…….

Show anchor: Oh I think we lost him.

In my opinion, the man ran for his dear life! They further analysed the issue on the show. One of the anchors was quick to point out that the state is religiously diverse and as such, a project like that should probably not be embarked if it is being funded from the state’s purse. The question on my mind the whole time was “who was feeding these people before the fasting period?” Agreed, there is a benevolent side to this deed. What the governor is trying to do is really wonderful. BUT THEN AGAIN; YOUR STATE IS IN DEBT, WHO WILL FEED THIS PEOPLE AFTER THE RAMADAN ENDS (WHAT HAVE THEY EVEN BEEN EATING)? WILL YOU DO THIS DURING THE LENTEN SEASON? WOULDN’T IT BE BETTER IF YOU PROVIDED JOBS FOR THIS PEOPLE WITH THIS MONEY; IT MIGHT NOT BE SO MUCH, BUT IT’S DEFINITELY A START (REMEMBER THE TEACH ME TO FISH INSTEAD OF GIVING ME FISH ADAGE?).

In my opinion, it is a really nice gesture, but he could have funded it from his “PERSONAL” purse QUIETLY.



Andddd a very Happy Birthday to the world’s greatest footballer and a living legend Lionel Andres Messi (If you like curse me in your mind, I go soon meet am). I had this plan to do a very elaborate post for/on my birthday but as always, Biochemistry has ruined it all (which begs the question, when will Ame have a life). I have this five hour long incourse on Friday (my birthday) and two other great ones on Monday and Wednesday next week. All the plans I had for myself and my friends (I) have therefore been moved to the following weekend (I’m sure people postpone their birthdays all the time, hell Uncle Gabriel Igbinedion celebrates his birthday all through the year). However!!!!! WORLD AME DAY remains 26th June!!!! #ANTICIPATE. I will definitely squeeze in a post on Friday and please expect a lot of pictures!!!!  




Nigerian Politics: The funny game

Posted: October 10, 2014 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in NIGERIA, POLITICS
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Hello beautiful people, it’s a beautiful Friday here in the city of Lagos, I hope wherever you are is just as beautiful :). Yesterday was a rather hectic day and network was quite horrible hence the late post. I’ll like to start this post with a bit of advice, especially to the young women, men, boys and girls please biko pay plenty of attention to your health and please do not stress yourself excessively over anything (work, relationships, even life). I lost someone I knew last week due to complications arising from high blood pressure. Her’s was the third case I got to know of in the past two weeks. The sad part is they were all really young and even unmarried.

To today’s thought; growing up everywhere Nigerian politics was being talked about; at home, on TV, in school etc, it was always described as a dirty game.They always said, you had to get your hands dirty to be a politician here in Nigeria. Well, this isn’t entirely far from the truth. Another thing people have failed to mention is what I would love to term the funny hilarious side to Nigerian politics. Your next thought would be, “What’s so funny about Nigerian politics?”. I’ll tell you what;

Personally I believe politicians/ holders of political offices should be individuals who stand out in the society, individuals who are actually capable of representing the electorates interests, and individuals we (the young especially) can look up to as role models. But in our (Nigeria’s) case, we have BLONDE haired men contesting political positions, I mean how do you expect a man who can’t make the right decision concerning his hair colour veraciously represent the interest of his electorate? As a matter of fact, he said “I will still carry my BLONDE hair when elected into office” (LMFAOOO). Quite a number of Individuals now feel that since their dominance in the entertainment industry has come to an end, they can jump into the next free for all money making venture. EVEN THE PARTY RIDER HIMSELF!!!!! No offence but quite a number of them don’t even seem like they can manage a home let alone a community. I was listening to an advert for a political talk show (“Let’s talk politics” or something like that) on radio on Monday and I later discovered the show was owned and anchored by our very one Baba Keke (I reserve my comment). I am personally not against ANYONE running for any office but it is only fair and rational that you at least make yourself presentable! How am I (as a voter) supposed to take a BLONDE haired man seriously? The bottom line is if a blonde man believes he can hold a political office, then Nigerian politics is indeed hilarious.

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The second funny aspect of our Nigerian politics is that of our politicians PORTING LIKE SAKA HOPPING UP AND DOWN LIKE KANGAROOS from one party to the other. I can’t seem to tell the difference between the two million and one political parties we have and our mobile networks anymore. Some politicians Peter Obi for example, after reaping all there is to from one party waltz their way into the next. Please these are political parties not mobile networks.


In other news, it is estimated that by the 2019 elections, there will be 1 political party to every 10 Nigerian (by my own estimation).

All I’m saying is, we as the electorate deserve the best in terms of who represents us. It is very clear that our politicians feel we can accept anything they throw in our faces, which is very wrong. So please do not come and shove your blonde hair in our faces and expect us to vote you in because you said you were in love with two women and somebody hit your car (we liked the songs though). Respect our brains!!! We want men with black hair who are capable of representing our interests except you are an albino.


The Nigerian Mentality

Posted: July 2, 2014 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in RANDOM THOUGHTS
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Hello, been a while (“lazy ‘writer’s'” block), I’m delving a little into the average “typical” Nigerian’s mindset and politics today while I try to write about the little I’ve come to understand about the typical Nigerian’s mentality or manner of thinking. The recently passed Ekiti state gubernatorial election is what prompted this.


I’m used to hearing stories on how the government has ruined Nigeria and how everyone in the government is a bad egg that should literally be broken and flushed, how the government has embezzled all of Nigeria’s fund’s for their personal use and how all this is the cause of all their problems and how they would have made it if they were citizens of other countries. Undermining the fact that these allegations are quite far from false, the truth also remains that attributing all the failures of the nation and our lives to the government is utterly wrong, but this is what a “typical” Nigerian would do.


Permit me to say that the “typical” (emphasis on “typical”) Nigerian thinks like a pineapple (pineapples don’t think you might say, which is my point exactly). The “typical” Nigerian is very shallow minded. The “typical” Nigerian only reasons about today. The “typical” Nigerian has no regards for tomorrow or what tomorrow holds. The “typical” Nigerian is not a “thinker”. (My definition of a “typical” Nigerian, is one who has limited all he or she can do to what the Nigerian government has to offer and not what he or she can do to make a better life for him or herself and others in the country’s present unpleasant situation).


Going back to the Ekiti state’s gubernatorial election that prompted this post, it first of all came as a shock to learn that the ex-governor of the state was contesting for the position again after being impeached, tried on charges of corruption (still being tried in fact) and accused (with proof) of numerous murders and attempted murders. For a fact I was quite sure that the incumbent or any other aspirant was going to win the election going by the ex-governor’s track record, but to my surprise his victory was a landslide. My conclusion to this is simple, it is one of two things, the election was either free and fair or not. If it wasn’t free and fair then the winning party must have done their underground work pretty well, for obvious reasons, which is most unlikely. In another line of reasoning, which seems to be the most correct, the elections were generally declared to be free and fair from reports so far, which is a major cause for concern, someone rightly referred to this case as stomach politics (i assume the fact that food items were widely distributed by the now governor-elect is what led to this comment). The bottom line is if indeed the election was free and fair then there lies the bigger problem, while we are crying for a change in government, we should also cry for a change in our mentality/mindset. Like I said the average “typical” Nigerian doesn’t think about tomorrow, he or she is given a bag of rice or less and he forgets all the atrocities you ever committed and yet again puts his everything into your hands.


Simply put, if the Ekiti state gubernatorial election was actually free and fair then the mentality of the “typical” Nigerian needs massive re-branding, re-orientation, re-exposure etc, because no matter how much the government calls for “re-branding” “reforms” or whatever word they are putting to it these days, it will never happen until the “typical” Nigerian has a change in his or her mindset.