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“Is this ‘Famine’ Better than the Corruption We Did Away With?”: OAP Freeze Speaks on the Economic Recession

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OAP Freeze on his Instagram account (@daddyfreeze) decried the level of poverty and hunger in Nigeria following the economic recession.

OAP Freeze on Famine

He shared the photo above and wrote:

I thought corruption was the worst thing a nation can endure, until I saw the suffering and poverty my people are going through. A month ago, a keg of vegetable oil was N4,200, one week later it rose to N4,800. Yesterday I sent my maid to the market with 5k and she returned home empty handed, oil is now N5,500.

If you see the small ram we killed for Ileya, it was nothing compared to the humongous one we ate during the ‘corrupt’ regime.

I know the government is trying to fix Nigeria, and I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but what about those that will die of hunger and lack, inside the tunnel, never to reach the light?

Everything is going up and salaries are coming down, companies are shutting down and with the airlines folding up, transportation is becoming crazy.

I look around me and all I see is suffering and hunger. Yes I am proud of the fact that Nigeria is not as corrupt as it used to be, but is this ‘famine’ the progress we are seeking? Is it really better than the corruption we did away with? What do you guys think?

30 Comments

  1. Spunky

    September 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    It is a terrible situation. We all need to cut back unneeded expenses. More like adjusting a bit. It is hard but we will scale through. I don’t have the energy to blame anyone mbok!

  2. Prince

    September 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Famine and Corruption are not good for a country but famine is the worst because it hits the majority of the nation. The high and mighty in Nigeria is less than 5%. What happen to the remaining 95.

    Buhari need to change his economic team ASAP and employ the services or professionals. We are done with this Political Settlement or giving those that sponsored your campaign employment. People are dying of hunger and its really gone crazy these days. Like Freeze said, companies are shutting down that means joblessness is on the rise.

    Meanwhile, the Senate/HOR are not doing their jobs right. They should summon the President or his economic team or get him impeached if he’s not ready to listen. He’s there to serve the people and not to kill them or cause more harm in the name of fighting corruption.

    • Anonymous

      September 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Help me here, would you agree that political settlements and giving emploYment on the merit of so and so supported my campaign is corruption? Would it be right to conclude so? If you agree, then what is the difference between this corruption and the previous corruption?

  3. Busarni

    September 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Sai Chanjiii; Sai baba; My happiness is that we are all in this mess together. They said GEJ was clueless; what will we say about bubu?

    • parodi

      September 15, 2016 at 10:13 am

      We will say thank God it is a famine without bombs on the streets every other day. We forget so easily. If GEJ had made it we would still have had this hunger. It was only a matter of time. Okonjo-Iweala and co rightly predicted this current austerity even when we thought GEJ would win. We should thank God we didnt turn into Burundi or Rwanda. We had already faced that direction

  4. Beard gang

    September 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    the problem is the complacency of the economic team. nobody is giving detailed analysis on how the economy can be improved, most of us are even confused on why there is a recession in the first place; a sizeable amount of loot of the previous administration has been recovered, there was supposed to be a currency swap, oil prices have appeared stable for a while, crude benchmark price for the fiscal budget year is $38 and oil prices are well over $48 per barrel so there should be excess crude cash, if oil installations are being vandalised and production lowered, it certainly is not my job to get those boys to the negotiation table, president still sank $9 billion in the chad basin ( i thought we were suppose to be diversifying) , when will this ‘diversification’ start? what is happening to forex? nigeria is an import-dependent economy why should the forex policy be geared towards scarcity? shouldn’t these policies be gradual pending when nigeria starts industralizing? $50,000 per week available to BDCs is infinitessimal compared to the needs of the import dependent economy, hence the skyrocketing of prices. what is going on? Oluwa please hear us

    • Busarni

      September 14, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Egbon @beard gang; this is not the right channel to table this matter; APC key board warriors will soon come for you. They said the last administration left an empty treasury; so they are starting afresh. While they are it; they also said that CHANGE begins with you and I. Perhaps, the reason we are in recession. We have to change on our own part and then be patient with BUBU. Like , he will always say; he isn’t a magician with a magic wand to wave away the problems he inherited from corrupt PDP . Sai baba; sai chanjiii.

  5. Gina

    September 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Meanwhile this one has a ‘maid’…

    • pat

      September 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      I swear, Africans don’t know how to state their case,,haba,,,oga u have a maid. we have heard,,,
      here is my opinion, it is no time to lay blame on anyone…the world economy is in the toilet…why do we have development economist? this situation was predictable more than 40yrs ago..our reliance on crude oil was us laying our dead bed… we need to be innovative, Im sad some pple will die of hunger, but at this point the Sociologist Herbert Spencer’s ideas come to play…social Darwinism…it is the survival of the fittest…so sad but true

  6. Dtruth

    September 14, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    This man is so annoyingly shallow I swear. Deluded and in denial like most Nigerians. A country that was ran like a criminal entity for the past 40 years on just one economy(oil) with no savings, no diversification ,no reinvestment no major capital projects and yet everybody was living a fake life and above their means….Oga sell those your watches and instead of maid go market your self…make we hear word abeg….#Collective Karma….

  7. #ILaughinSwahili

    September 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Excuse you!!! Whoever told y’all that corruption has been or its been done away with, smdh…I mean are we this deluded or just utterly gullible? Like who told anybody that corruption is being eliminated in Nigeria.
    Are we just being selective in the news we hear or is the media filled with deciet?
    What are we going to call the case of people in the IDP camps dieing of malnutrition when alot of government resources have been pumped in to save the day?
    What about the governors that were given bailout funds to pay salaries of workers but has refused to do so?
    The budget padding issue is somwhere chilling under the rugs.

    Abeggii
    They are countless of such cases of gross mismanagement of funds in this administration, but we chose to focus on the jamboree and media trial we are being fed.
    How far with all the arrest by efcc and the media noise, where are convictions and judgements, Bukola Saraki is still the senate president and his court case is where exactly

  8. Ijebujesha

    September 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Yeah, y’all are paying the price of your collective stupidity.They kept lying to you, defaming the GEJ Presidency-which by the way is about the most effective (arguably vs OBJ’s) that thos of us born in the early 80’s have witnessed till date. They kept lying to you repeatedly just so Hausa/Fulanis might take over their ‘birth right’ and Jagaban might expand his influence. They kept lying to you and making unfounded exagerrations so much that it has now (by compulsion) become ‘the truth’ as seen here by the write-up of this 40+ dummy. Una hunger never start….una eyes go open…Loud, undisscerning, shalow lot.

    • Odi

      September 14, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you my dear. Somebody feels the same way I do. Gullible f**ls. And to think that tinubu is still walking around freely and not in hiding for foisting this fraud of a president on the Nigerian people really shows that dem really never start.

    • Tunde

      September 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      They did not lie to us. Those people were stealing us blind. They were hiding the truth. Their leaving expose the rots. Shine your eyes.

    • BlueEyed

      September 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you my dear! It was in this same BN that the change chanters were voltrons on the subject of degrading GEJ’s administration, we were saying it and now it has happened, don’t worry it’s still 2016, Shey people can still eat at least once a day bah? Una still dey enjoy, come back to this comment in 2019 and ask for my account number to send me “I told you so” tokens. I will gladly collect lol

    • Chichi

      September 14, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      @ijebujesha ?????

    • tunmi

      September 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      This is so false. What you are seeing now was already happening under the previous president but it didn’t concern you because you were getting paid. Now that the source is feeling it, now that the upper class can feel it, you are shouting. Just borrow from @Spunky, cut back and ride it out

  9. Marlvina

    September 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    And someone has $31.4m frozen in her accounts. God save us.

  10. Tunde

    September 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Famine is temporary and will not kill you. I went to school under very difficult circumstance and I didn’t die but Corruption take away your livelihood eventually. We are living the legacy of the past. It will be a thing of the past. Nothing last forever. It is temporary!

  11. meelikey

    September 14, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    This is what happens when people think the destiny of a nation is in the hands of a man,innocent people slaughtered like animals because a said ‘messiah’ that will shake his magic wand to ‘save Nigeria’ did not win election. 2015 election won sooooo???Only God can save Nigeria, He will never share His glory with any man!

  12. Gorgeous

    September 14, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I think financial education should be as compulsory as mathematics in secondary school and university. The fact is if you understand finance and economics Freezer, you will be too ashamed to write this question. If corruption continues unabated, faminine will be the least of your problems. There are no unlimited resources anywhere in the world. Just like you cant spend your hard earned money anyhow without going broke or dying of hunger, so also you should never be allowed to spend a country’s money anyhow. Our country’s money is all for us. If we spend anyhow we experience lack and famine.

  13. Sample

    September 14, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    You think this recession is because the government is fighting recession?
    ?????
    Get a clue before talking abeg.

    • Sample

      September 14, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      *corruption

  14. Concerned citizen

    September 14, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    For someone who is so ignorant Freeze gets a lot of airtime. We are in a recession because our income has decreased and we still rely on imports to survive. If previous governments had invested or saved when we had excess we would not be so broke now.
    Since blogs like to give you get airtime you shoulf learn to say a few smart things sometimes so thaT you can use it to add value to all of us rather than confuse the ignorant ones or disappoint the enlightened

  15. Kilipot

    September 14, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Change will come, we need to be patient

  16. olu

    September 14, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    OAP Freeze or whatever you are called,
    You are so flipping sick and short sighted. What gives you the right to compare your frigging gilded messed up live then with what’s going on now. The country has been bled dry for the past 50 years plus more but an intellectually bankrupt and myopic person like your daft self can not see beyond your bald pate to know that it takes strong leadership

  17. olu

    September 14, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    commitment and a lot of sacrifices to even begin to attempt to fix the rutt and deep financial and infrastructural crater that Nigerian has been driven into.

  18. Mewe

    September 14, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    One question only: Where’s Ada Nnewi, the chief Change vuvuzela pre May 2015?

    • Ada Nnewi

      September 15, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Hello Mewe….. I’m very present.. why are you looking for me?

  19. That-I-May-Fly

    September 15, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    But what corruption is being fought? I don’t understand. How many people have EFCC arrested, successfully prosecuted and are now serving jail terms? How much of the loot have been recovered and how are they being spent? Who’s accounting for that? Where are the safeguards put in place to deter corruption and how can people report corruption and get justice. I don’t see any of these. All Buhari and his team have done so far is pay lip service to fighting corruption. Give me an evidence where this has been successfully done. None! People are just suffering for nothing. I sorry oh.

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