__by Demo Adewusi
We have lost everything we met on the land. Cocoa, palm oil, groundnuts, cotton, cashew and rubber have been forgotten and are better produced by nations who came to learn from us. We have lost our moral compass, our society is fractured, our statehood is threatened. Our citizens are in all prisons around the world. Some of them prefer foreign prisons to Nigeria. Our passport is treated with disdain everywhere you present it.
Why should our Senate Leader earn 600 million naira per annum?
Why should our senators earn 30 million naira per month?
Why should our National Assembly gulp 1.2 trillion naira per annum while we try to save 1.4 trillion from subsidy removal ?
Why should our government be this big with special advisers on cassava and beans affairs?
Do we need 52 ministers and 36 states?
Do we need a Minister for Water Resources when 95 percent of Nigeria cannot recognize a water faucet?
Why would our president spend close to a billion on food while close to eighty percent live on less than a dollar a day?
Why should he budget a billion for generators and diesel when he is urging us to believe in his power sector reform?
Why does our President need 9 private jets?
Why do our governors move around with twenty-vehicle convoys while David Cameron has just two vehicles and one outrider?
Excerpted from The Oily Affairs of a Profligate Nation by Demo Adewusi.
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