To say that Nigeria is in financial trouble is not news and only putting it mildly.
The President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, came out to tell us Nigerians that the country is broke.
When asked to be categorical on whether the country is broke, Buhari replied,
“Of course, Nigeria is broke.”
Although this was said in response to why the ministers’ list had to be cut down from the usual number of at least 36 to barely 30, it still caused panic and outrage in the heart of Nigerians.
Problem No. 1
That was bad timing on the part of the government. Public servants were already getting agitated and you come out with a stunt like that? Come on. Someone’s gotta be more sensitive than that.
Next that ruffles people’s feathers is the silly hashtag that was trending on Twitter. Before we get into that, here’s the beginning;
“… Provide allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps members for Twelve (12) months while in the skills and entrepreneurial development programmes.”
This was one of the promises made by our dear president in regards to ‘The Economy & Infrastructure Base On the Economy’. It’s a very robust document which you can read on Vanguard-What Buhari Promised Nigerians.
Problem No. 2
As if declaring the country broke and having our salaries delayed wasn’t enough, the silly hashtag I was talking about had to trend.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, #Our5k. SMH
As at 12:16am, 6th November (Nigerian Time), #Our5k was still trending with almost 17, 000 tweets. Trust Nigerians to shake Twitter up.
When I heard this silliness was on, I didn’t want to get into it, but the I saw a post on Facebook which made me want to speak out. This person also thought it was silly and suggested all those clamouring for this #Our5k deserve #NationalSlap. hehehe Imagine if there was such a thing.
In their defense, the APC in person of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo did promise to give unemployed youth a stipend of #5,000 monthly, but is this the best time to even bring it up?
Why did they have to make promises they couldn’t keep?
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe next one was tweeted directly at the Prof himself.
I have no sympathy for these young peeps (or old folks) clamouring for #Our5k. Next time pick a determiner that doesn’t suck the rest of us into your campaigns.
Problem No. 3
The government has actually made several promises that they have yet to fulfill in full. I totally agree that NO ONE should make promises they can’t keep. Just like mothers would say, “I’ll buy you a bicycle when you pass your exams” or friends would promise “I’ll send you money tomorrow”. Just DON’T!
This is the dilemma we, newly employed staff of FRCN and probably some other organisations, find ourselves in.
We began work ‘Officially’ in January 2015, but we weren’t paid for the first 4 months! Imagine that?
Between May and October of said year we’ve only been paid 2 out of the 4 outstanding months, I would expect that this is more important that giving people 5,000 Naira for doing NOTHING for 12 months.
This just goes to show what’s wrong with our country and tomorrow, these same group of people will become leaders and the cycle goes on and on again.