Why Do Nigerians worship the very people that enslave them?

Just yesterday, I read about the Nigerian senator (Mustapha Sani Mohammed) Who made headlines for commissioning an electricity pole within his constituency. This wasn’t even surprising to me because, as a bloody Nigerian (without a national Identity card by the way; story for another day), I’ve come to the realisation that it makes for quite the celebration when our public office holders commission mediocre projects such public toilets and electricity poles! So yay! Senator Mustapha for second term!! On a more serious note, this kind of development is all too…

A Look at Nigeria’s  Unemployment Industry…

Ever so often, we talk about the different sectors of the Nigerian economy. But seldom do we talk about one important sector- the unemployment industry! That’s right,  there is a sector of our economy known as the unemployment sector. It is a vibrant sector, absorbing most of the able-bodied men and women in the country. But something about this sector is very unique, and that’s the fact that it does not contribute wealth to the economy or ensure the livelihood of those absorbed by it!  Jokes asides, the unemployment crisis in Nigeria…

Who Is Arming Cattle Herdsmen in Nigeria?

On the first day in 2018, Fulani herdsmen attacked a village in Benue State of Nigeria and left nearly one hundred people dead. All the victims were slaughtered, most of them in their sleep, by the herdsmen. Yesterday they were buried in mass graves, a shocking ceremony for an already traumatised country. Now here is the truly unfortunate thing about this development- the likelihood that there may never be justice for the victims.  The killings on January 1st by cattle the herdsmen in Benue state was not the first of…

Open Letter to his excellency Atiku Abubakar: Let’s Have a Townhall by Gerald Konwea

 As 2019 draws near, what remains clearer than his Excellency Atiku Abubakar‘s bid to run for President is the uncertainty of the future of Nigeria. I wouldn’t normally do this but because we are closer to our first private sector leadership, i’d like to have your attention for a sec. I also hope his Excellency will take the time to read through and to digest this letter as it is more for him than it is for others. A few days before 2017 ran out, I was in the company of…

What is our Sin as Nigerians that we Are so Cursed and Punished?

It is obvious that Nigerians suffer a lot. And while a great number of them are oblivious of their suffering, some simply choose not to acknowledge it. Yet the suffering persists in various forms. Imagine a country which is among the top highest crude oil producers/exporters in the world, yet its citizens wallow in abject poverty. They struggle every day to afford the basic necessities of life,  including petroleum products for which they have to queue for. Across the country currently, there are long queues extending to major main streets…

We Should all be Whistle Blowers!

Last week, the little-known whistle blower (who earlier this year made some startling revelations about the billions of naira that were stashed away in a luxury Ikoyi flat) finally got paid his commission. It was an interesting development, seeing as he got paid the whooping sum of N421 million; nearly half the original commission due him. Indeed he deserves all that and more. After all, it was his brave action that helped the Nigerian government to recover those billions of naira that had apparently been stolen by one person. Moreover,…

Can Nigeria’s Buhari really Save the Economy?

It was back in May 2015 that Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency began; albeit on a turbulent note. The economy was steadily slipping into a recession, and there was that bitterness and division that was left behind in the wake of the highly-contested elections. The purported fight against corruption could not help the situation, even as the wailers cried foul and alleged political persecution. Meanwhile, there was widespread hunger across the nation as the dire economic realities began to hit home. Unemployment was rife, and workers were being retrenched on a daily…

You Don’t Need a Ministry of Happiness to Make People happy

Dear Governor Rochas, I hope you are happy with yourself. Well guess what,  I am not! Not long ago, I read (with dismay) about your establishment of a ministry of Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment. And then my disappointment became doubled when your failed PR people later tried to fool Nigerians, telling us that your newly established ministry is not that of “Happiness and Couples’ Fulfilment” as earlier reported, but of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment. Apparently, there had been  a typo in the original Press Release, they said. LIES!  But I…

The Plight of an unemployed Nigerian Graduate

The unemployed Nigerian youth is perhaps the most optimistic person in the whole wide world! Every morning as the day breaks,  s/he is full of hopes that it is finally time when that long-awaited email/phone call will come in; an invitation to that job interview that would change their lives. The unemployed youth imagines a future that is bright and luxurious, with a steady flow of monthly salary and an annual bonus. He or she is hopeful that all will be well with their souls once [they] receive that letter…

Bad Business for Feminism…

Recently, there has been many cases of women stabbing their husbands to death in Nigeria. One of the most recent incidents (which shocked the nation by the way), involved the late son of former PDP’s national chairman, Haliru Bello. The young man was stabbed several times and killed by his wife [Maryam Sanda] after she suspected he was cheating on her. In the aftermath of the unfortunate incident, many observers took to Social Media to blame it all on feminism. Perhaps the situation does not look very good for the…