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It’s 2016, Why’s There Still No Power? Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi Tweets What a Lot of Nigerians are Thinking



This weekend Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi echoed a lot of Nigerians’ sentiments about the serious lack of electricity.

We have too little power to live comfortably or run our businesses, and she got the short end of the stick this weekend.

Read below.

A lot of people agreed, that there hasn’t been light at theirs for days or even weeks.


  1. KS

    February 21, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Speak on it sister!!!. I wonder what I am doing here myself. Calling naija a jungle is like mincing words!!!!I Seems also PMB forgot that anti-graft crusade was not the only reason Nigerians voted for him and not all Nigeriand looted the treasury. . He should multi-task – fight corruption while making life comfortable for those not responsible for Nigeria misery. I mean how do you start explaining exchange rate of one I pounds sterling to N505?? It is pathetic!!

    • dansko

      February 21, 2016 at 11:28 pm


      Thanks Gbemi for speaking out. Nigerians just love to suffer and hide under stupid patriotism. Its sickening. Naijas hide under fake life when majority are struggling big time. Nobody is protesting, speaking up. Are there real qualified economists in Nigeria to come with solution. Buhari, what are you doing to stabilize the country? Stop blaming last administration. Some nigerians want change, and we refuse to see it go into shambles. Power is in your hands now, take responsibility. You are busy traveling the world. What is your goal? . Honestly, buhari is a lazy man, and very clueless. Typical mallam. The only difference between him and jonathan is, hes pretending to be active while jonathan was a sleeping dummy but both are incompetent and not an intelligent leader. At this point, if nothing changes in the next 2months then its time to impeach Buhari. All thse foolish northerners can cry all they want about it being their time they havent done anything for Nigeria except ruin it. Nigeria needs an intelligent, competent who is knowledgeable and about action to fix nigeria. fashola for president and saludo for VP.

  2. Okechukwu Ofili

    February 21, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Didn’t have light from Monday to like Friday. But this weekend there was light from Friday night night to like Sunday afternoon. As I stepped out Sunday evening they took it. I am at TerraKulture catching free AC and praying there will be light when I get home … lol

    • Somtoo

      February 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      hehehehehhehehe @ free AC. And light in my zanga is trying ooo. The hot weather sef is the problem coupled with no light. Na wa

  3. Tee

    February 21, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Is Nigeria a country ?
    Later they’ll say we should come back yada yada
    Why will I go back and suffer ? In the name of what.
    But they gonna tell me ohh if you’re making it you won’t feel it. Hiss
    So the average Nigerian doesn’t deserve a basic amenity like electricity Abi ?
    Nigerians be struggling and smiling carrying gbo gbo designer and the flashiest cars around.
    The mentality of the country as a whole is appalling
    The country doesn’t even deserve to have a capitalized N.
    But everyone will say it’s Naija now, that’s the reason for everything in Nigeria , it’s naija, that’s how it is, what can we do?
    suffer and smile

    • Jane

      February 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Ok I laughed out loud at “the country does not even deserve a capital N” LOLL

  4. Fashola's secret

    February 21, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I strongly Agree wit u gal.
    I put all d Blame on fellow who has indeed preferred and gossiping as u put it Gbemi.
    Can’t even stand MR. Fashola right now

    • Gypsy

      February 21, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Totally forgotten that Fashola was the Minister attached to power.., mschew. I expected more from him.

    • madu

      February 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Yes he gave more… the form of high Tariffs & No Light,the info I got was pay high tariff and get more light but alas!

  5. I loveGEJ

    February 21, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Buhari forgot that not all Nigerians caused the misery he is allegedly fighting. Not all the people stole money. Can he look beyond anti-graft crusade and face other problems bedeviling this country. Is the man confused he just doesn’t know any better?? So frustrating I cant even imagine buying black market for my wife and kids upkeep in the UK this month end. At 505 rate, how much can i possibly send?? I am not responsible for Naija misery. I have worked my ass out all my life without a dime or any social benefit from this miserable country – no bursary no scholarship, no medicare no good public school for kids, no good jobs no handout from the system yet i pay tax every month, my salary account gets deducted for pension some wicked souls are busy stealing with impunity!!!. On top of that I now have to battle pounds exchange at N505?? May be it is about time I took my Brit passport and walked!!! I think I am done procrastinating about that!!

    • sey

      February 22, 2016 at 12:11 am

      Biko, face other problems and solve what problems with which money? It like Nigerians don’t even know what’s happening. Wake up and smell the coffee. The treasury has been looted!! No money for even capital investments and all the plans that they want to better pray they get back themoney they’re e looking for and find better ways to get back money. If not,… hmm. Abeg can’t deal with all the uninformed anti buhari talk !!

    • Ndidiamaka

      February 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Not every Nigerian has a brit passport though…

  6. Author Unknown

    February 21, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Yinmu at “seriously considering moving back to the States”. You’re trying to whip up public sentiments, but then you throw in an exit option that is not available to most. How then do we band together for a mutually beneficial cause?

  7. Promise

    February 21, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Meanwhile I was playing with light throughout last week. It’s just today that they started their wahala. And the type of heat that is everywhere nowadays is unusual. I’m just wondering how the north will be

    • Og

      February 21, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      The North is gangster even at night the air outside is piping hot

    • Surely

      February 21, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      That’s a lie. It’s very chilly at night and hot as hell in the day. Like the desert it is….

    • LIS

      February 22, 2016 at 7:46 am


  8. Chai

    February 21, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Chai, Nigerians are really suffering o. Yet I can bet if most people enter that position of power (pun not intended), it will be to steal public money and the cycle continues. No patriotism. No interest of the country ahead of personal interest. I sincerely do not know the way forward for Nigeria. I do not.

  9. molarah

    February 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I don’t know which part of Nigeria you guys are pinging from. Move to my ‘abule’, it’s much brighter here! 😛

    But really the power situation is an embarrassment. Much smaller nations than ours, in this same Africa, have sorted it out and are on to the next big challenge. Let’s pray for wisdom for the triple minister, hopefully his administration will untie the Gordian knot once and for all!

    • zeal

      February 21, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      You stay at Abule??? Which Abule biko

  10. sunny innocent

    February 21, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I so much agree with her.

  11. Olu

    February 21, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    If someone who lives abroad says this same exact stuff,some who live Naija will snap at you because they feel you are talking down on them.
    The truth is the truth. Our country is a jungle. .and we like to suffer and long as we feel we are doing better than some others.

    • Tee

      February 21, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Hey Olu
      I’m honestly not trying to talk down on anyone.
      I understand it’s a privilege to be in the US, but it does kill me that Nigeria is suffering because no matter how American I am.
      I love Nigeria and I miss it.
      The food, the people , the culture , everything.
      I do apologize if I came off some type of way
      By bad

    • Author Unknown

      February 21, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Hey Tee. I think Olu’s comment actually defends yours, as a non-resident.

    • John john

      February 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Tee, no need to apologize. You are speaking for many here who are not residing abroad. It is getting real difficult to sustain one’s patriotism. Love for my country? Anytime, any day. Patriotism? Don’t know….not when I’m being “serially raped” by those entrusted with leadership.

  12. cd

    February 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    He should be impeached…

  13. Noella

    February 21, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    This govt is worse than. Previous ones The exchange rate is 407 naira to 1 dollar . It’s going to be 1000 naira to 1 dollar by the end of the year. Zimbabwe will be better than us. Things have gone so bad so quickly it’s scary to see. Did the economy spiral this badly so quickly during previous regimes? Nija has become so scary. How are the masses coping with grinding poverty?

  14. Missy J

    February 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Baba Fashola, we are counting on you to work oh!!!
    Its indeed a national embarrassment that at this century we still have issues with constant power supply. Other countries have stable power supply why not copy and paste their strategy. Make it work here. Its not rocket science. Nawa oh!!

    • Ben-Noah

      February 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Do you want the real truth or the easy truth? Cos the real truth is that people are not paying their light bills, and these discos and gencos borrowed money, LOTS of it (upwards of $100million) to buy these assets (which I feel were completely overpriced but don’t take my word for it) and since naija people are so awoof conscious, they have discovered ways to boycott their meters and not pay their light bills. Heck I know senators that have called electricians to come and connect them such that they boycott their meters. So, if the debt raised to buy the assets aren’t paid off, don’t bother thinking of an improvement because nobody else will lend them money. The easy truth is that the government has failed us (right? Isn’t that what we always say whenever things are going awry?). Nigerians are stuck in one big messy racket and we aren’t ready to come out.

  15. Tolu

    February 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Nothing works around here, from power sector to health, to education, to transport to even oil and gas sector……Nigeria is from the descendant of Esau, give them anything they will do all they can to kill it and ensure its inefficient. I can’t really say it’s a mega curse?

    • madu

      February 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Yes o na curse,infact big time curse……stupid country ,their no plan policy almost killed my colleague’s new baby that was taken to the hospital few days after birth in the same hospital,all in the name of no bed in this f***ing Asokoro Hospital, (General for that matter o)they referred them to some other hospital(Federal too or whatever),they collected 1500k for card,then they remembered no bed either(non refundable) the wife don Cry tire, the guy had to rush the baby back to his area in the surburb of Abuja,spoke with a neighbour who took him to his own family hospital(Private),that was when the baby was admitted,and taken care of,it was malaria(two days old baby, due to lack of neccessary amenities at Asokoro,those idiot didn’t even give the child any first aid,the baby was screaming her tiny lungs out)he paid 40k in all,25k before any story….the question is,if this guy doesn’t have a dime on him or anywhere else what would have been his fate….ILU oshi

  16. Noella

    February 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Buhari is in his 70s. I pray alzheimers has not set in, because it leads to irrational choices and decisions. God please help us. But some mindless Nigerians are concerned with displaying 15000 designer bags. Throwing lavish garrishparties to intimidate people spending millions on designer clothes and Brazilian hair. I am astounded and flabbergasted at the shallowness and misguided nature of Nigerians. It is very very ugly and scary to watch. We need to have a true vision of God’s will for us and genuinely seek his face. He who has ears let them hear and be like the wise virgins.

  17. andtherewasone

    February 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I heard in mushin if power goes off, phcn guys will b in trouble so they rather leave it on for most of d day before thugs will go cause wahala. So my best bet is to relocate to mushin. And oh! They don’t pay NEPA bills but NEPA dare not try cutting d light hehehehe loling !!!

    • jide

      February 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Lwkmdfho. Haha. The perks of living in Mushin oloooosha.

  18. TBOY

    February 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm


    • Bolanle

      February 22, 2016 at 12:37 am

      Don’t let the devil use your destiny o! Who told you Nigerian’s don’t pay taxes? Ask those paying PAYE tax and they’ll tell you the struggle. When FIRS will come and close your business down accusing you of withholding taxes. In Lagos state where Gbemi lives, you pay environmental tax, land use tax etc. on top of PAYE o!.

    • madu

      February 22, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      You are crazy walahi,were ti ko opolo e lo…..i pay more tax from my 1++ & something salary than those idiots up there….My mother, a Teacher pay more tax than some fools up there, you better don’t receive curse this hot afternoon,ko je ki ori e pe

  19. andtherewasone

    February 21, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    We talking bout light! As far back as d tym of Adam in the old testament Nigerians have been bin displaying 15000dols designer bags, throwing extravagant parties and displaying wealth to intimidate others! Ask freeze na. Its not buhari’s era that this started. But buhari’s gov is not trying though. Brazilian hair has nothing to do with d light situation nor d extravagant parties. They are not d government. D 15000dolls bag babe is helping women to be entrepreneurs so she’s trying at least and that one of many Nigerian babes that use Brazilian hair that is affecting d lives of others. We need God’s intervention but the topic here is light. Wait for another post to air your matter .

    • Tee

      February 21, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      That’s the problem and mindset with you Nigerians!
      Oh the electricity problem not light by the way has been far back therefore it is okay and acceptable Abi?
      In reference to wealth, my point is when you throw extravagant parties and have to turn on your generator it is stupid!!
      Or you have a $15,000 purse but you have potholes on your street. You constantly have to turn on your generator to get electricity or you have to swerve or pass certain streets with your fancy car: it is an issue.
      Oh by the way God isn’t going to come down and fix the issue. He has heard our prayers. He’s expecting the so called wealthy people to use their positions to better the country! Not throw extravagant ladies and waste money while people can barely eat.
      The first issue with you is your mind set
      Change it and then maybe you’ll begin to understand that the trouble isn’t with the country! It’s with all of us, me , you especially.
      Remember change your mind set this week

    • nnenne

      February 22, 2016 at 12:08 am

      Tee are you saying that people should not enjoy their hard earned money because of potholes of the streets?
      I don’t think so. The only thing the people owe their country is to pay their taxes.
      No one has any right to tell people how to enjoy their money, as long as it is hard earned.
      If you choose to do charity, great and morally good. You are not under any obligation to do so.

      Let the government do their job!

  20. nnenne

    February 22, 2016 at 12:09 am

    “Potholes on the streets.”

    • Tee

      February 22, 2016 at 2:12 am

      No I’m not saying no one shouldn’t enjoy their money whether hard earned or not. That’s their money do whatever you want with is.
      My point was we spend so much money with a “poverty mentality” you drive a Porshè but you still going to enter pot hole Abi ? You live in banana island you but still throw thrash on the street? You can afford a luxurious life but we don’t wanna do anything about the state of our country!
      N please don’t say they can’t do anything, and tbh with you if Nigerians wait on the government , it’s going to be a long couple of years.
      We are supposed to apply wisdom in all that we do! This material things, we will sha leave them behind one day Abi? My point is if you’re in a good position to help better the country! Do it! If Fashola and co declined their allowances and paid civil servants is that such a bad thing ?
      We “ALL” have to make sacrifices to make the country better is all I’m saying

    • John john

      February 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      People are free to enjoy their “hard earned money” provided they pay the taxes on the luxury items they own. For example, I’d suggest 100% tax on luxury cars. Also introduction of stiff taxes on second cars & above. I know some people who own & maintain over five cars, yet they don’t as much as own a pure water production plant. You try owning five cars abroad.

  21. nene

    February 22, 2016 at 12:24 am

    this country. we can’t ever get it right cuz the average nigerian has a weird way of thinking. as for gbemi, if she goes back to the states, what exactly is she going back to? this country is very hard and things are going to get worse. no light in my area, it’s ridiculous.

  22. ElessarisElendil

    February 22, 2016 at 1:15 am

    So you people are complaining about electricity? Yet you were cheering the senate when they forced the power holding companies to freeze their tarrif increase, what did you guys think would happen when you refuse to pay a monopoly???? We have no choice.

    Electricity distribution has been privatised right, the news says our generation is at peak levels, generation is government hands so the distributors are to blame. Bow to the monopoly.

    • Falsehood

      February 22, 2016 at 5:40 am

      Wake up Eless….u and this your love for this present administration and the person of Buhari and no power generation has dropped even the disco officials that come to our area (to ‘cut our light’, so funny cos theres no electricity sef)confirmed so reason being that there’s is no rain to power their turbines and they are waiting endlessly for fuel to power it. Stop listening to the propaganda called APC and how they cook up this stories.
      And no, am not going to pay more money for a commodity that I do not see or consume as they have refused to give me a prepaid meter and ripping me off with estimated bill

    • ElessarisElendil

      February 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

      What love for Buhari? Do you see me not criticising his administration when they’re at fault?That does not mean I blame the government for the private sector’s misdeeds.

      There is this thing called data not the hearsay of junior staff. Actual data says generation(in government hands) is at peak levels when it drops, the headlines will carry that too. Our power distribution has been privatised, put pressure on the DISCOS to release a statement explaining poor power, learn how to assign blame proportionately, you’ll find you conserve energy that way.

      You need to wake up and realise that they are a private MONOPOLY, if you want don’t pay them, see if fueling your generator is cheaper. BTW stock up queues are returning.

    • falsehood

      February 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

      So Elaess..i want t believe your assertion that the government has indeed generate sufficient electricity and t dicos are playing foul, thereby suggesting Nigerians should hold disco responsible; you are no diff fro the person suggesting we go hold Naija Delta miscreants responsible.
      How so that under ur PmB leadership, the man with the body language, he who abhors corruption; how in God’s gracious earth are t discos no scared to their pants and still maintaining Status quo. It’s is now may work to put discos under pressure while the minister of power lounges; or may be we go and mob them since we are well known for barbaric acts and jungle justice.
      I reiterate I will not pay any further increased tariff when I am billed on an estimate basis for Power I never consumed, when my salary has not increased and I can’t even buy basic foodstuffs at its normal price because the retailers has keyed into the dollar exchange rate

    • falsehood

      February 22, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Auto correct be messing up my write ups…

  23. Middle Aged Profnl

    February 22, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Nigerians, please educate yourselves and address the real issue. Power supply depends on gas supply to power stations, there can’t be gas supply when Niger Delta militants have blown up all major gas supply pipelines…… Perhaps we should all plead with the miscreants in the Niger Delta to stop sabotaging the economy and by extension ordinary Nigerians who have to live with the consequences of their actions, one of which is the current black out.

    • ElessarisElendil

      February 22, 2016 at 4:43 am

      This too.

      Plead keh, they’re what 3 million people. Left to me, deport the whole lot to the North-East.

    • Falsehood

      February 22, 2016 at 5:50 am

      So all Nigerians should form a single file and troop to the Niger Delta with schnapps in hand to plead with the ‘miscreants, while our tourist of a president is billed to leave yet again for Saudi come Monday and many more such trip. Thank you

    • nene+

      February 22, 2016 at 7:57 am

      What ever happened to Buhari’s body language and the girl with the ice blocked drinks begging NEPA to help her power overdose? Mtcheew.
      Unfortunately the president lives in the skies…. he cares less of your plight!
      As for helping you plead with Niger Delta people, how??? I tot he has sent armies to guard the pipe lines…. so you can make excuse for your dearest APC on NEPA?

      Change you asked for is here. As for the one calling banana island occupier is so hateful… pls stop…she can’t sponsor Nigeria. Direct your grouse to your wakawaka boss! He is not travelling with his salary and people are suggesting I sell my expensive bags to fix pot holes after I pay over a million naira as Tax, pay toll gates etc. Please enjoy your change!

    • Chai

      February 22, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Go and sit down somewhere. People like you are glad to see their country go down the drain just to prove a political point. Shior

    • madu

      February 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Not just the Niger Delta thugs or whatever,even our own Ministry of power senior officials(Sabke & Co) do their own sabotaging of well meaning foreign investors investment. You cannot do,people that want to do you frustrate them. How pray will Nigeria rise.

  24. Meanwhile...

    February 22, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Solar energy anyone? Isn’t it cheaper than relocating all together? Sure, most people can’t afford it, but let those who can, do it to begin with. One step at the time… At least it beats complaining…

  25. Daisy

    February 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Instead of holding your leaders accountable,you’ll be acting all patriotic when a non-Nigerian/outsider dare point out your problems. How can you live in a Country without light for two weeks in this age? And you’ve accepted it so it’s become the norm. I pity the new born heading from the hospital to the slum where his/her parent can’t afford a generator much more an AC is this hot weather. See how Ghanaians spoke up during the darkest period in our Country’s history…from 2012 to 2015 when the silly incompetent government currently in power was giving us light 12 hours after 24 hours off. We’re currently back on regular supply now even if we have to pay more for it. The average Nigerian I’ve met is quite smart,loud as hell and aggressive. What I’ve always wondered why you allow yourselves to take so much crap from your leaders. Continue suffering and form patriotism.

  26. tishaa

    February 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Can somebody please tell Ambode to stop erecting barbed wire (cos that’s the way I see) along the railway line? It’s not what we need in Lagos for now.

  27. ao

    February 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    And despite the failure of the gov’t to deliver basics to its citizens, some will still not understand or empathize with those that dream of Biafra or breaking away from Nigeria.


      February 22, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Who is holding una biko? Break AWAY FASS FASS!

    • ao

      February 23, 2016 at 5:25 am

      Who is holding us? Your failed Nigerian government. The ones that can’t seem to deliver light or any modern necessity. Continue allowing your hate for Igbos to dull your senses to reality or prevent you from realizing that you are in deep sh*t living in Nigeria. Efulefu.

  28. Ify

    February 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    truth be told, i’m scared

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