Top 5 Embarrassing Moments In Nigerian Politics – 2016
Nigerian politics is an interesting and tedious one no doubt. It isn’t a little task presiding over 180 million people with diverse cultures and interests. It could be energy draining. However, there are guidelines and standard practices in Government. These guidelines, assist the ‘power-holders’ to maintain decorum and professionalism in their duties.
But as seen over the years, Nigeria always has its fair share of embarrassing moments. These moments spark a nationwide debate on social media and even amongst citizens living in diaspora. We have compiled our top 5 embarrassing moments:
Tough luck… Ouch: Dwindling oil prices, acute rise in foreign exchange and a massive ripple effect of pain and suffering amongst ordinary citizens cannot be quantified. This comes at a period where parents could not source for foreign exchange to pay for their children’s school fees abroad. The president, during his interview with media giant – Aljazeera, maintained that forex was scarce and that it was being prioritized. He maintained that parents who could afford to pay for their children’s school fees abroad at a bloated rate should go ahead and do so. Here are his words:
AlJazeera: “What about those who are slightly more privileged like yourself? You’ve got children studying abroad. There are parents in Nigeria with kids in universities and schools abroad, who are now facing the possibility of having to pull their kids out. They can actually no longer afford to pay for school fees?”
Buhari: “If the country cannot afford it, so be it.”
Al Jazeera: “But your children will continue their studies, no doubt?”
Buhari: “Those who can afford it, can still afford it. But for those who can’t, Nigeria cannot afford to allocate foreign exchange for those who decided to train their children outside the country. We can’t just afford it.”
Al Jazeera: “So it’s tough luck.”
Buhari: “Well, that’s the true situation we are in.”
Zero Electricity: This was pretty much surprising and embarrassing. In March, the most populous country in Africa generated zero megawatts of power for about 3 hours. This meant that the country was literally in complete darkness for a couple of hours. This was attributed to ‘vandalism of gas pipelines and destruction of vital infrastructure’.
Change begins with who?: A good initiative was birthed by the Minister of Information – Lai Mohammed to change the perception of Nigerians about their yet-to-be-experienced change mantra. However, things became quite confusing (and embarrassing) when a group claimed to have presented this idea to the Minister and were sidelined. But the icing on the cake was when the President’s speech on the launch of the campaign was a plagiarized one. A direct copy of President Obama’s November 4, 2008 victory speech in Chicago. Here are the speeches:
Obama: “So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.
“Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.
“In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”
Buhari: “We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long.
“Let us summon a new spirit of responsibility, spirit of service, of patriotism and sacrifice, Let us all resolve to pitch in and work hard and look after, not only ourselves but one another.
“What the current problem has taught us is that we cannot have a thriving army of rent seekers and vested interests, while the majority suffers.”
Kitchen, that’s where you belong: Amongst all other things happening in the presidency, one thing is sure. Things are not totally fine in the villa. A recent BBC interview granted by the wife of the president – Aisha Buhari revealed what Nigerians are really going through. She also passed across a strong signal to the president about her not campaigning for him in 2019 if things continue the way they are. May we also remind you that BBC was told not to air the interview but the plea fell on deaf ears as BBC went straight ahead to air. However, in the president’s reaction to the interview, he says…
“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”
Well, we all know that the president was ‘joking’ and didn’t mean that. However, this was quite embarrassing for Nigerian politics.
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The governor says Zenith Bank helped in funding his election in 2014, in his bid to deny an allegation by the government linking him to a $2.1 billion arms money reportedly diverted by the former Goodluck Jonathan administration. A claim, which the bank denied.
We all woke up on morning to a video of Zenith bank staff kneeling and begging the Governor in his home. Governor Fayose said the bank officials came to beg him over the issue.
“They were begging me and that the matter should not go beyond this level. I asked them why did they go to the EFCC to tell lies. Why did they have to lie that money came from the Office of the National Security Adviser? If the money is for me why did they have to link with me what is not,”