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OfiliSpeaks: The Top 10 Craziest Nigerian Political Statements Of 2016. #1 Is Epic

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2016 is officially the year where political statements went crazy, from Donald Trump’s “Grab her by the ******” to Philippine President Robert Duterte‘s “[Obama is the] son of a whore!”

But the real political craziness happened here in Nigeria. I mean if crazy political statements could be converted into power, Nigeria would have solved its electricity problem by now. From “recession is a word” by our Finance Minister to “the funds spended were properly spended” by the Youth and Sports Minister, these statements ensured that Nigeria was kept politically engaged entertained all year.

And with so many to choose from, the real struggle was to figure out the top 10 craziest Nigerian political statements of 2016. But we managed to do so below, so enjoy … and remember #1 is epic!

#10 “Recession is a word” by Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun on September 1, 2016

According to dictionary.com Recession is actually a word. But for many Nigerians this year, recession was more than a word. Recession was hunger, recession was salary cuts, recession was unemployment, recession was suffering. To us, recession was definitely not a word. It was a harsh reality of a difficult 2016 where everything that could go wrong with the Economy went wrong. So when our Finance Minister came out to say “recession is a word,” it sounded crazy given the current and bleak reality of things in Nigeria.

#9 “We Will Make Pencils In Nigeria By 2018” by The Minister Of Science And Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu on January 31, 2016

Talk about setting the bar low. The Minister of Science and Technology of the most populous black nation in the world also known as the “Giant Of Africa,” announced that by 2018, Nigeria will be manufacturing pencils … not cars or computers or even biros, but Pencils. I am sure the minister wishes Nigeria could manufacture erasers by 2017 so he could erase the craziness of this statement.

#8 “Consumption of ‘suya, isi-ewu, kilisi’ killing Nigerians” by The Health minister, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole on December 5, 2016

Okay, so this statement is technically correct. Suya can kill, but you know what kills more than Suya? Fulani Herdsmen The dilapidated Federal Hospitals in Nigeria, the unpaid Doctors and Nurses, the fake drugs penetrating our health system and most especially the scarcity of our Health Minister on these key issues. So when Professor Isaac, who has been practically invisible all year on Health issues says that Suya kills … we want to rush to remove the Suya pepper in his eye so that he can see all the other things wrong with our health care system.

#7 “Herdsmen move from everywhere, from Mauritius or anywhere. You can’t stop them” The Minister of MisInformation, Lai Mohammed on May 2016

For whatever reason, the deaths of over 3,000 (source Punch.com) Nigerians by the Fulani Herdsmen in 2016 has been largely ignored by the President and his administration. But when they are finally roped into a corner, the administration offers excuses that are logically amusing. Take this gem of craziness by Lai Mohammed who claimed that herdsmen can’t be stopped because they move from everywhere including Mauritius.

For the record Mauritius is an Island and the distance from Mauritius to Nigeria via sea is 6,263 kilometers. The air travel distance is equal to 3,892 miles. So unless cattle can swim or they are flying Arik and their plane is yet to land, this statement can only be treated as crazy. This should be higher, but the competition was stiff in 2016.

#6 “I am opposed to the World Cup. We don’t agree to it. Conspiracy in the World Cup is too much” by The Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung on November 17, 2016

I pray that in 2017 we all get the same job security as Solomon Dalung did in 2016. Because, I don’t know how someone as inept as him is still a Minister in Nigeria. If there is one person that has conspired to issue out some of the dumbest political statements of the decade year, it is him.

This one was delivered when he told Voice of America that Nigeria should not participate in the World Cup because Nigeria could not win it and then mumbled something about FIFA corruption. That’s like telling Leicester City not to participate in the EPL (English Premier League) because they can’t win it … o wait, they already won it. Never mind.

#5 “Army officers have been sent to Argentina to learn cattle rearing” by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai on December 20, 2016

No, you are not reading double, your computer does not have a virus.

Yes, the Nigeria military in 2016 actually sent some of her soldiers to Argentina to learn how to rear cattle.

At a time that Nigeria is battling the Fulani Herdsmen, who ironically are a group of well-armed cattle rearer’s who have killed over 3000 people in 2016, our military decides to send some of her soldiers to Argentina to learn how to rear cattle. This one is just inexplicable. But hey, who knows, maybe the Defense Ministry was recently merged with the Agricultural Ministry to save money!

#4 “Nigerians are fantastically corrupt” by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 11, 2016

At a time when Nigeria needs to be doing its best to attract foreign investors to help stimulate our dying Economy. Our President decided to go on national international television to agree to David Cameron’s statement that Nigerians are fantastically corrupt.

That’s like me going trying to convince you to invest in my business but just as we are about to close the deal I tell you that, my company is fantastically corrupt. Would you still invest?

No wonder foreign investors are fleeing Nigeria … this statement was fantastically crazy!

#3 “Don’t forget that nobody even knew the team will emerge victorious” by The Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung on December 8, 2016

This list is nothing without Solomon Dalung, who I still can’t believe has a job … except making unbelievably ridiculous statements is considered a job!

In this monumental moment of craziness, the Minister stated that he did not expect the Falcons to win the Africa Women Cup of Nations hence why their winning bonuses were unavailable.

So let me see, in 1998 the Nigerian Falcons won the Nations Cup, in 2000 they won again, in 2002 they won yet again, in 2004 they won for the fourth time in a row, in 2006 they won again, then in 2010 they won, and then they won again in 2014, but yet in 2016 our Sports Minister did not expect them to win?

And these are the ministers we waited for 6 months to get! I am just going to Dalung myself in the head with an Ogbonnaya “made in Nigeria” Pencil!

#2 “My wife belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room” President Muhammadu Buhari on October 14, 2016

Some people tried to play this one down as a joke. But let me tell you what is not a joke …

According to UNICEF 43% of girls in Nigeria are married off before their 18th birthday while 17% get married before they turn 15 and then according to the World Bank, the current female adult literacy rate (ages 15 and above) in Nigeria is 59.4% in comparison to the male adult literacy rate of 74.4%.

So when the President of Nigeria goes on the world stage next to the Female leader of East Germany to declare that his wife belongs to his kitchen his living room and the other room despite the huge educational gender gap in Nigeria, and so-called intellectuals try to pass it off as a joke, it worries me. It worries me because our leadership still does not get female issues in Nigeria. This should be #1, but again the competition was really tough.

#1 “                                                                                 ” by we the Nigerian people from January 2016 to December 2016

I bet you did not think that you would make the list! But you did, congratulations. Because the craziest political statement of 2016 was “silence” by we the Nigerian people.

Because in the midst of some of the craziest atrocities meted out against our people, we have been largely silent.

Silent over the persecution of the Shiites in Kaduna, silent over the persistent killings by the Herdsmen, silent when our President remains silent on key issues … just silent.

Is it fear?

Because, the very same people that screamed when N200 was worth $1 are busy making excuses for the current N400 N450 N490 N500 exchange rate.

The people that mocked the previous administration with puppets (aka the still missing Ogas At The Top) are now being used as social media puppets to stifle the opposition with excuses.

The very same people that screamed, shouted and protested over the Chibok Girls are silent when over 3,000 Nigerians die at the hands of the herdsmen and hundreds of Shiites are persecuted in Kaduna.

Our silence, especially from my generation that recycled Buhari into power, has been deafening. That’s why we win the title for the craziest political statement of 2016!

#0 Conclusion

So that’s my list of the top 10 craziest political statements of 2016. Did we miss anything? Was the ranking order correct? Should Solomon Dalung still have a job? Do you think the time spended on this article was properly spended? Should the Army be rearing cattle? Do you deserve to be #1? Let me know your thoughts below.

Okechukwu Ofili is a trouble maker, the author of 4 books and speaks at organizations that are tired of hearing the same old stuff and want the truth. He is also the founder of okadabooks.com and blogs daily at ofilispeaks.com You can follow him on Twitter or stalk him on Instagram You can also read his funny books on konga or okadabooks

40 Comments

  1. EE

    January 4, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    “When he picks a paper, the first page he reaches for is the cartoon page. Then he laughs and laughs”.

    “Buy Naija to grow the Naira”

    As for our silence, bros no vex, inflation has effectively halved our food consumption, energy don finish tay tay. Protest is a sign of good times and the overlords are too busy shacking Aso Rock water to drive the conversation, its a terrible someting.

    • EE

      January 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      How could I forget, “we import everything!! even toothpicks and glamorous dresses”.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      January 4, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      EE, I love the first one “When he picks a paper, the first page he reaches for is the cartoon page. Then he laughs and laughs” That one could definitely crack the list. Good one.

    • EE

      January 4, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      That was the day I gave up.

  2. Baby gurl

    January 4, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Wow Okechukwu is a super wordsmith! This is word porn oh my ? when I got to No 1 I just started slow-clapping in my dimly lit cubicle. Just wow. Biko #BringBackOfiliSpeaks2017 . Back to the article, well Solomon Dalung is a piece of waste material, simply put. So is the frail and unwise Buhari. I don’t have the strength to even say more than this today I might just write a 10,000 word essay in this box. I hope and pray that the prophecy made by that “prophet” about 2031 ain’t true. I honestly can’t live in a Nigeria like this till 2031. Can God please make it 2019. Where are the young visionaries of our great Nigeria, they should stop ranting on twitter and storm Aso Rock, take over. I’m tired of these hoodlums. Everyone from Dalung to Melaye to Amaechi to Wike to Buhari to Fayose. From APC to PDP and every useless party inbetween I’m just so tired ? ? ? Is it a crime to be born in Nigeria? What manner of destiny destruction is this!

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      January 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      I feel your frustration o. Looking at the data we have currently and 2017 does not look different from 2016. We simply need new leaders. The 1966 class are still ruling and they have failed us miserably.

  3. LaLa

    January 4, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Our silence was truly deafening and WE deserve to be number 1. It is sad when I see our youth blatantly defend what is evidently a failure with statements like, ‘The president knows what he’s doing, just watch and see… he’s struggling because Jonathan made a mess that’s put him where he is… The dollar will soon be $1 to N1… bla bla bla.

    It’s evident that this government has no plan for us. I have no witty anecdotes to share but I know I have a share of the blame ascribed to me in No 1. This year, we’ll do better.

    On another note, bia, this Okechukwu, I’m beginning to like you… love your sense of humour.

  4. Tosin

    January 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    silence.

  5. Frida

    January 4, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    This article is the TRUTH. ….served on a plate of bitter humor….I found myself laughing despite the sad reality.
    The future seems bleak for Nigeria….. we need a revolution

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      January 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      We do not one really. 2016 has been quite shitty.

  6. Chinma Eke

    January 4, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I feel so guilty, Kai Ofili, you got us. But on our defence we are busy struggling to keep our jobs, and when we’re not; we are battling with calculator and excel sheets trying to stretch our income beyond its current possibility. We had it good, little did we know what was coming.

    And when the thought to complain comes up, we remember the government’s response to the fulani herdsmen was to pay them off and send soldiers to Argentina to learn cattle rearing or was it farming? Then we know surely it’s response to our complaint will be to anhilate us. We cannot come and die! Yet!
    Because we’re all going to die one day but suicide isn’t the way we want to go. Maybe keeping quiet is also passive suicide sha but…….

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      January 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      I feel you. Even me I join in the “silence” I was not loud enough, will change that in 2017.

  7. Nwa nna

    January 4, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Gosh! Nigerian leaders just embody the level of mediocrity that we as a society at large have have come to accept and tolerate.. Fantastic write up man!!
    Even our very own BN embodies the same mediocrity that is plaguing Nigeria based on how sloppy its editorial team has been. Even after this was brought to their attention by several BN readers, Uche & her team made no effort to address this issue because they know that Nigerians will just tolerate their mediocrity and chug along..

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      January 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      hmmm…
      is this a literary trap?
      If I defend BellaNaija will I be accused of Lai Mohammed-ing?
      If I ignore and keep quiet will they say I am Buhari-ing the whole thing?
      If I say Mediocrity is a word, they will call me Kemi?
      What will I do?
      Let me just form a committee to discuss a strategy, and get back to Nwanna on this urgent matter.

    • nwa nna

      January 4, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      @ofili,
      mba nnna, it’s not a literary trap lol .. We Nigerians just like you bury our heads in the sand hence we find ourselves with the likes of Dalung & gang lording over us.. By the way, great word play man 🙂

  8. Girly Girl

    January 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Ofilispeaks,you couldn’t have said it any better.
    Nigerians it’s time to wake up.
    The time is now!!

  9. KIMONO

    January 4, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    SILENCEEEEE!!!!! i hope the likes of Debola Lagos, Tolu Ogunlesi and ko are reading this!

  10. Blueberry

    January 4, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    This was epic! Got me literally rolling over in laughter, but with the message sinking real deep. Itis time to speak out.

  11. Ada

    January 4, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    This is not a word but the craziest for me is the government banning importation of goods whilst not making arrangements to expand local industries and making it more difficult for companies.

    • Ada

      January 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      When people say this, the response is buy Nigerian like that is going to be enough.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      January 4, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      It’s a re-occurring theme of this administration. It’s like they are playing checkers while the economy is playing chess.

  12. Uma Udoka

    January 4, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    @Ofili, they must have read your book “How Stupidity Saved My Life” and taken it literarily..

  13. Mrs chidukane

    January 4, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    You need to see how I stared and stared at no 5. Awesome article. Buhari has flopped unimaginably. He simply does not have any plan for Nigeria. To think I was supporting him,mtcheeew. I’m done supporting anyone from these parties. I will henceforth support only Pat Utomi if he runs next time. Even apc is quiet about buhari. I’ve been looking for kemi adeosun on twitter without success. Next article please include their twitter handles, phone numbers, email addresses. If we can’t go to ASO rock, let’s harass them on social media. Please no one should come and insult herself/himself under my comment. God bless.

  14. zee

    January 4, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Tolu Ogunlesi, Omojuwa and Co! Guess ur voices got bought. Sad.

    • Ebuka

      January 5, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Bastards each and every one of them. They sold us out! They sold out on the youths. One day, we’d spill their blood & every other person who put Nigeria in this mess. We are coming.

  15. Xoxo

    January 5, 2017 at 12:28 am

    @Ofilispeaks gosh I like you.. You are such a very smart man. I haven’t read any of your books but now I must read all.. Please why aren’t you a regular writer here. Or maybe I’ve been missing your articles. This is spot on and it hit me hard. We really have to do better. It really pains me because I was a huge supporter of this President and the VP. I was thinking they had something good to offer. Truth is all these parties are a huge problem. Why can’t we have a sole candidate without all this party rubbish? We just keep recycling old, tired, gold digging leaders.. Its really sad. And as for Solomon Dalung, I’m just wondering how he was even appointed in the first place, so crass and local. We waited 6 months to have riff raffs and clueless individuals as ministers.. Nigeria I hail thee.. If this administration cannot solve the economic recession before 31st of December 2017, then 2019 they should carry their wahala and go..

  16. Okechukwu Ofili

    January 5, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Thanks for the comments. Per the above, they only have 2017 left in sync with what you said, because after that 2018 is election time. So time is fast running out.

  17. .....just saying

    January 5, 2017 at 7:48 am

    And what have YOU done?Are they more Nigerian than you? Nigerians always pointing fingers.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      January 5, 2017 at 11:39 am

      “by we the Nigerian people” the word “we” means myself included. If it was “you the Nigerian people” or “the Nigerian people” then you have a point. Be awesome.

  18. Anon Today

    January 5, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Please, can we just stop saying we waited for six months and got these ministers? It was much longer. The calculation shouldn’t start from 29th May 2015 when Buhari was inaugurated. It should start from when GEJ called to congratulate him. Buhari won the election in March but named his first batch of ministers in October 2015. Do the maths.
    Trump will be sworn in on January 20th 2017 but nearly all his cabinet positions have been filled.
    And to think that Buhari had been contesting since 2003. Well, let me not stretch it. Notwithstanding, we didn’t wait for just six months.
    Ofili, recall that our minister for budget, Udo Udoma, had no idea how much we owed when Zain Asher asked him. Don’t know if that could pass for a political statement. That too was a bit embarrassing.

  19. saide

    January 5, 2017 at 9:25 am

    some nigerians are speaking but it is hard for the leaders to hear because we are just not loud enough.How can we be loud if there are others who drown the voice of reason? I mean i have colleagues who when confronted with how bad things are in Nigeria ,still go on to say even if we had a different leade r; things would have been the same, simply because they voted for buhari! Back home I argued with my teenage cousin who always said buhari would flush out boko haram,feed every1 ………….So maybe some peeps just got tired of been called “wailers”, ‘jonathan person”(n pidgin), maybe we are hoping others begin to realise that the system which produces our leaders need some cleanup & our institutions have to be strengthened. But what do i know about hope? The last time i was speaking with my cousin about the current economic policies in Nigeria,he proudly stated that it was Osibanjo that was running the economy and that he was the one actually running the affairs of the country! I have been speechless since then.

    nb; 1st time to comment o.ofili did it

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      January 5, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Congrats on your first comment and anyone like your cousin who thinks Osibanjo is running the economy is ^#&^@&^#

  20. Temi

    January 5, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    The truth is that we all know that we have bad leaders and we know there is need for a change in leadership, but the question is who will lead the CALL FOR CHANGE?

    Who will lead the revolution?
    Who wants to die?
    Assuming you even die for a good cause, it is better, nothing will change after your death—so what is the point?

    Imagine American Youths who dont like Trump, they protested. We all dont like the way it is going, but the question is CAN YOU AND I PROTEST LIKE THE AMERICAN YOUTHS?

    The soldiers and police will kill anyone “killable” and there won’t be justice, no matter how hard you fight the police/army institution. We live in an abnormal system not a normal one that our voices can be heard. We cant go beyond the social media to make our grievances known. It is so bad that if you *Ofili*, are not careful, you might just be arrested for doing nothing and standing for the truth.

    What is the way forward since we are helpless?

    1. We look up to God.

    When the righteous cry…..the Lord hears them. If we all cry to God, He knows how to bring about a revolution (whether by making the president sleep and not wake up like Abacha, or via any means so that new sets can come on board)

    Even though the Israelites made the wrong choice by asking for a ruler, anytime they go to God genuinely, He hears them

    2. Most ministers of God and Imams have access to the President and cabinet members.

    Most of them worship in churches and mosques. These clerics should made the mind of God known to these leaders. As a high ranking cleric, you dont need anything from any man, tell them the truth and let them have sleepless nights cos of the word of God revealed to them

    3. Youths should keep doing their bit by writing articles like this, having intelligent discourse and any other manner on social media.

    Youths who are capable should also forget sentiments and come together. Believe you me, the way this country is, even if these set of leaders go, those who come will still be biased. We are not really NATIONALISTIC we are more of TRIBAL citizens in this country.

    4. Love our country rather than being selfish.

    Truth be told, majority are selfish and self centered. Imagine someone who was vocal against the previous government, they get there and seems they are dead, while alive. All they know is “let us get what we can get” “it is our turn”……Even the so called righteous and religious people, they get to power and they become something else.

    If we love our country, we will develop it. we travel outside and we see what it is there. why cant we make it like that place we always run to? If you have money, establish industries here (not outside), the company still belongs to you, the profit will come to you but many people will have jobs, that company will make ways for others by opening eateries, cafeterias, bukas,….that is how development will come by and goes round-everyone can make a living

    Till then, May God bless us as individuals to feed and cater for our families; Bless us to bless others and affect the lives of others, no matter how little.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      January 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Temi I don’t agree with all your points especially #1, I think religion is holding us back. Abacha’s death was caused by Indian … you know what never mind.

      But you should really consider writing for bellanaija, you have strength in your writing …. have you considered that?

  21. Engoz

    January 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Great, great article.

    I believe the average Nigerian has done a good job in projecting Nigeria as a fantastically corrupt nation. I’m not offended by those two’s comments because I’ve seen it and lived it. At this point in my life, I like people who are mercilessly honest with me. I have been desensitized from getting offended about certain things and I don’t mind if the insult is targeted at me. Now should Buhari have corroborated Cameron’s claims, diplomatically, No. But let’s be honest diplomacy is just a politically correct word for being disingenuous…there’s an element of insincerity in order not to offend with diplomacy. Nigerians have already done a good job in disgracing and tarnishing the reputation of the country before that statement was made. We may argue we have the economic rights to protest that the statement harmed our chances of investments pouring in, but I really do not believe we have the moral right to be angry over being called corrupt. What do we do with our corrupt? We celebrate them, Current case in point – Ibori. The only thing I would do differently from Buhari would be to also highlight positive things Nigerians have accomplished especially in the diaspora. You find many Nigerians in professional settings adding their expertise to these Western countries.

    For sadistic reasons, I cherish Buhari’s ‘kitchen and other room’ comments. The disingenuity when women rights and gender equality is being discussed is alarming. You find out that people tend to feign oblivion to women/gender issues when we try to address them. Buhari as a chief patriarch and representative of the Nigerian society and Nigerian men in particular was able to destroy this fraudulence in just one statement and reiterate what we all know- that the Nigerian society encourages and promotes the sub-humanization of the Nigerian female. Tehehehe!!!!

    ”The very same people that screamed, shouted and protested over the Chibok Girls are silent when over 3,000 Nigerians die at the hands of the herdsmen and hundreds of Shiites are persecuted in Kaduna.”

    Concerning the above, there are just too many issues in Nigeria. I myself can’t even keep up again. And I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way. People should rather learn from the chibok girl campaigners. Those who are passionate about the herdsmen should create a network to deal with this issue like the Chibok girls campaigners have continued to do so far. It would be great to have pockets of people taking one cause, develop and pursue it.

    Now I sincerely believe the battle each Nigerian has to win is in our mentality. The current Nigerian youth population was not brought up to be a leader, She/he is a FOLLOWER. She/he has been intoxicated by tribal and religious poison. She/he grew up in an educational system that does not allow for independent thinking. We would need to shed many not some of the things we have learned. Many traditional customs would need to be updated, amended, or sent to the trash bin. Religion must be regulated. I am a Christian and I’m thoroughly disappointed with the way Christianity have turned out…

    Let me stop here. I’m tired of writing.

  22. Carmen

    January 5, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Okechukwu,you forgot to include that time bros ‘Lie Lie’ said dressing masquredes will create 3000 jobs.

    If this wasn’t such a pathetic situation,it would have actually been very funny. They used the twitter overlords to fool nigerian youths. The country is in shambles. Omojuwa and co are suddenly mum…aisha’s “social media change agents” rice at work. Check their tweets during GEJ’s administration and their tweets now,i’ve never seen a bunch of hypocritical fellows. Shame! Show me a single achievement of this administration.Finance?health care?trade and investments?education?power?energy?NOTHING!!!

    You appoint rotimi amaechi and some recycled corrupt people as ministers and in one breath claim to fight corruption?Youdonmeanit! And dalung?!!!oh dalung!!! I’m starting to think he probably has someone’s nudes,no other explanation why he still has his job. I’m tired abeg.

    • Lulu

      January 6, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Omojuwa is a 419-er. No 1 Ponzi.

  23. Peyton

    January 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    The list is on point. You left out the senator of the economy is doing like this fame. Sadly this list if anything proves how those we have saddled with the responsibility of leadership have either failed or are have no idea what they are doing.

    Dalung has no businuess being a minister. (You forgot the video of the Super Eagles being sranded) That was when I gave up on him. Prayer is good but we need to put action to our prayers. Martin Luther King prayed and spoke up against discrimination. Iam tired of all the needless deaths. The silence and refusal of us to admit that we are either by our silence consenting to these attacks. That we remain silent but yet get offended about Trump and his racist remarks amazes me. Is our anger directed at only situations when another race abuses or attacks us?

    Its not just the herdsmen attack. Its Boko Haram and the need for justice for those who lost their lives, For families who lost loved ones. For the Chibok Girls who may have become mothers not by choice but because of psycological and sexual abuse. There has to be justice I dont know how or when I know there has to be.

  24. Keeks

    January 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Wow I stopped laughing when I got to no 1 cos I felt ashamed about how true it is. In fact I didn’t even want to read this article, it was sent to me by a friend who has insisted that I visit bellanaija daily.

    Ofili, thank you for this and for inspiring us to look within ourselves to see what we can do about the crazy situation our country is in. Thank you and please keep writing, I’ll be sure to follow.

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