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“Evil Spirit Behind Nigeria’s Darkness” – Outrage over Power Minister’s Statement to South African Investors



The Minister of State for Power, Hajiya Zainab Kuchi, has been widely criticized for saying that an evil spirit is behind Nigeria’s darkness preventing the country from taking her pride of place in the comity of Nations. She reportedly made the statement yesterday in the presence of South African investors.

According to Leadership, while addressing members of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Ruling Party, which led a team of investors to her office in Abuja, the Minister said, “We must resolve to jointly exorcise the evil spirit behind this darkness and allow this nation take its pride of peace in the comity of Nations.

Another statement she made through the Deputy Director/Head of Press of the ministry, Greyne Anosike has also angered many Nigerians. She was quoted as saying, “Nigeria needs help, any nation that loves Nigeria must collaborate with it now to resolve her energy crisis…We are getting irritatingly slow.

It is often the case that when people make wrong choices or are caught doing negative things, they blame their actions on evil spirits. However, this statement coming from a Minister gets people confused. Is she literally saying that evil spirits are behind Nigeria’s power problems?

We are not quite sure whether she meant this as a metaphor, but using “exorcise”, “evil spirit” and “darkness” in the same sentence regarding Nigeria’s epileptic power supply hasn’t gone down well with most citizens.

What are your thoughts on her statement?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Monica

    November 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    How will any other country take us seriously when the Ministry of Power comes out with stuff like that? I tire…..

  2. ruth

    November 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    i wonder y Nigerians worry about d tings dt r insignificant,dt she sed so doesn’t mean its true.we need 2 stay focus on wt matters,we need to start praying 4 our leaders and equally doing our part.not criticizing & finding faults.

    • Iris

      November 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      It’s not insignificant when it’s a public statement. It conveys the message that we are -simply put – quite stupid, and no one pays positive attention to a stupid nation. This was not an informal gathering of friends where you can make statements that may or may not have literal meaning. “Any nation that loves Nigeria… evil spirits” Are you freaking kidding me?! You see the problem with what I call “village sense”? It is precisely this kind of thinking that made Turai Yaradua think she could hide her husband (never mind that his position was President of a country before Husband) from his cabinet *hiss*

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      November 28, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      @ Iris, your point is well supported. We really do sound stupid when you consider some of the asinine public statements our leaders make. Which is a real shame because Nigerians rank among the smartest people I know.

  3. partyrider

    November 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    not interested.BYE

  4. 2479jaTv

    November 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    The corrupt and greedy politicians are the evil spirits we have in our country

  5. Faiza

    November 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Obviously she doesnt know how to solve the power problems in the country and therefore should resign. I don’t know why our government officials make irritating comments in public and don’t even realize the stupidity of it. GOD Save us!

  6. Scarlet Xianne

    November 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    It’s a metaphor. I don’t think she meant it literally.

  7. ty

    November 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Yes i agree.. our leaders, past and present, are the EVIL SPIRITS

  8. Whoa

    November 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Abeg she’s right joh!

  9. olori

    November 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    she is calling a spade a spade. each time there is a ray of light ,they come up with sumthing to dim it! with all d money we have they cant provide steady energy supply c’mon its not rocket science ….somthing is def wrong sumwhere nd until we kill those viruses,sigh! nigeria will remain where its at ….the rich getting richer at the espense of the poor,the educated working for wise illiterates

  10. what

    November 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    but its true now?………..the political leaders are the evil spirits….im beginning to think the privatization of the power sector(even though i support atm) is even going to cause us more pain in future…..

  11. M

    November 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I won’t say evil spirits though however when there are people bent on ensuring that we remain in darkness inspite of our wealth, for the gains of their pocket then there is evil in the land.

  12. Naveah

    November 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Here we go blaming the problems of Nigeria on evil spirits. Okay, ma I agree with you. It is the evil spirits of our leaders that have kept us in darkness, you are right.

  13. Glam

    November 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I’ll just believe this statement is a figure of speech otherwise smh…

  14. smart

    November 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    She is not capable to handle the problem of power in our nation. The only person who wanted to change the sitution in the nation is prof Bart Nnaji, sincere hearth.plz GEJ call ds man back if U want ds problm to be solve wt ur sincere mind.

  15. dayo

    November 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    She is right! There is nothing wrong with what she said. Take it or leave it, the problem of Nigeria without electricity is not only due to EVIL SPIRITS. It is also due to confused citizens who vote for people that cannot lead the country in the right direction; in the “light” direction; or even in daylight. So leave her alone! Or else that same evil spirit your talking about will do you IN!!!

  16. konnie

    November 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Looks like it got her. Maybe that is behind her incompetence. She needs to resign and let someone that can do the job take her place.
    Such ignorance should not be tolerated

  17. Power girl

    November 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Dats what happens when you have leaders that are so backward

  18. Lil Miss

    November 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I had to laff @ dis 1! She’s right jor just dat she isn’t permitted 2 talk lyk dis being an honourable minister of d federal republic of Nigeria.

  19. Neel

    November 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    It’s a metaphor!

    • L.A Chick

      November 29, 2012 at 3:25 am

      people no get light she no go talk betta talk na metaphor she go use?

    • Ginika

      November 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Thank you!

  20. NNENNE

    November 29, 2012 at 2:12 am

    It’s a metaphor. She is not stupid. The stake holders who are doing everything to jeopardize the project are the evil spirits.

  21. L.A Chick

    November 29, 2012 at 3:24 am

    At least if d woman no succeed as minista she fit succeed as stand up comedian oh!!! Nawa oh, maybe she was trying to crack a jock for dis South Africa people, meh dem laugh small 🙂

  22. tbn

    November 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Na lie she talk? Abegi there’s really an evil spirit behind our light problems…

  23. benny

    December 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    These are the kind of people who want to fill the big shoes left by prof bart Nnaji, the only competent minister of power we ever had since we became a nation……I wonder when the president will agree that his decision in letting Prof Bart go was the wrong one….Sad sad sad

  24. Thomas Onuegbe

    December 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Religion has made a mess of us in this country.

  25. ken

    December 9, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I was actually drawn to this article by the fantastic heading, fully aware that almost nothing is implausible in this our theatre of the absurd. However, when it became clear that the said comment was made during a visit of a South African delegation to the Hon Minister of State for Power, I did a double take!
    I did so because there is not a shred of truth to the report whatsoever. How do I know this? Because I was there! I sat directly behind the head of the SA delegation (and had a clear line of sight of the Minister throughout) and nothing of the sort was mentioned. As a matter of fact we all left the meeting very impressed with the Minister’s grasp of the power situation and the eloquent manner in which she articulated it (even more so because the meeting took place at very short notice with very little time to prepare a set speech. She had just come from a House of Representatives Committee Hearing and was on her way to another meeting). I also know that the SA delegation also left impressed because they gave interviews to that effect shortly after. In my presence!
    We all know that there is a lot wrong with our system. However, resorting to outright lies and fabrication is definitely not a way to put things right. In this particular case, there was even no need for elementary investigative journalism because the event was actually carried by an NTA crew. A simple check would have revealed that nothing remotely near the headline was mentioned.

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