Guinea Bissau had their elections last month and the President of Nigeria, President Muhammed Buhari gave the country the sum of $500,000 which is up to 180,000,000 in Nigerian Naira, 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, 5 Hilux vans and 2 light trucks to enable them to conduct their elections.
President Mouhammed Buhari is the President of Nigeria and the chairman of Economic Community of West African States so it is okay for him to use “borrowed funds” from Nigeria to help a country that needed help with regards to her elections with a whopping 180,000,000 Naira. How nice?
Nigerians, however, are not pleased with this development as they took social media to make their complaints and can you blame them? In a country where it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for qualified graduates without godfathers to get well-paying jobs, a country where to pay minimum wage of 30,000 Naira which is less than $100 is such a big deal, a country where conflict thrives, a country where disasters happen on a daily basis, a country with a collapsing economy if the economy is not collapsed already, a country that is in a painful debt is supporting another country with funds for elections. How many victims of the crisis in Nigeria has the President extended his hands of generosity to?
Why exactly are we always giving what we do not have? Nigeria supplies electricity for neighboring countries like Benin Republic, Niger, and Chad. These countries that we give electricity to have left us in darkness and they now have constant electricity. In as much as we’ve gotten used to the fact that we might never have constant electricity in the country, we should also understand the consequence of this in relation to building businesses in this country. Countries like Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya are taking our investors away; investors now prefer these countries to Nigeria. The unemployment rate is at its peak and our President is giving out money for elections?
Our President goes on National TV every time to remind us that the country is broke. A lot of Nigerians are migrating because nothing seems to be moving. Just this week, when asked what the government is doing with regards to the high level of migration as it pertains to the medics in the country, the Minister of Works Chris Ngige said they are free to go as Nigeria has abundant doctors. If there are a lot of medics, why do our politicians travel out for better health and medical treatment?
We have a lot of questions and we want answers. Or maybe we are very wealthy in the country and our leaders are lying about it. What do you think?