The Buhari’s Covid-19 Palliatives and the Power of Food [Video]

The Buhari’s Covid-19 Palliatives and the Power of Food [Video]

Sudan’s fallen ruler, Omar al-Bashir, won many fights for three decades. He mastered the politics of the UN. He overcame America and South Sudan. He triumphed over the IMF and World Bank. He fought rebels, friends and enemies – and won. But at the end, he fell because of BREAD. Yes, bread – so simple and harmless – brought down one of the last surviving yoyo men of Africa.

During the peak of Covid-19, we were all here chronicling how money men and women were dropping money like bread labels to support the governments to feed some Nigerian citizens. And the government was also announcing tons of money to support Nigerians and small businesses. Typically, once in a while, I had asked here: who had benefited from those funds?

Except some political jobbers who wrote to me privately, claiming that they received some funds from the government, most small businesses did not receive anything or refused to acknowledge publicly. Yes, from all angles, the support did not reach the destinations.

But it does seem that I was right: the website for the N75 billion fund sharing just went up this month. And the distribution of the fund is yet to begin. Scale this experience across state capitals, you will get the idea why the citizens are frustrated: the goodies have not reached them even when the hunger in the land has grown at an exponential rate. Why should it take this long for free resources given to the government in March to reach citizens in October?

Mr. President, you have a real challenge before you: if you do not manage all those vapor promises well, your government could be in trouble. How can anyone justify allowing food items donated  by companies and well wishers to expire in warehouses when people are hungry? If EFCC does not see this as a moral economic crime, it has lost its usefulness. So, the politicians loot the treasury, and are now also looting garri, beans and rice? 

Yet, that does not mean our young people should be looting. They just need to channel this energy to extract the maximum value from the political leadership. That value must include free and fair elections. If we have free and fair elections, most of these characters would not be on the scenes.

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2 thoughts on “The Buhari’s Covid-19 Palliatives and the Power of Food [Video]

  1. The system is completely broken, those who release funds can’t even track their final destinations, yet when we send something via DHL or FedEx, we expect it to reach the intended destination…

    The corruption fight was lost before it even began, you don’t win it in courts, rather you win it before the prospect of committing it materialises. We brought an old man who only understood fighting corruption as a vindictive enterprise, as if the corrupt elements are empty heads who are still learning the art of stealing.

    Aside from government establishments, where again does one release funds or resources without following up on their movements and subsequent utility? Our level of dishonesty and negligence is both intoxicating and legendary. No semblance of probity, no accountability, yet they parade themselves as leaders, even when they cannot lead a fowl.

    All the stealing and looting going on in public sector are premeditated, it’s not like they didn’t know that they are pouring into bottomless holes, yet we keep chasing offenders like bush meat, then file court cases we have no chance of winning, wasting more resources.

    Why allowing people to steal and loot in the first place? The ineptitude on display in our clime is infinite.

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