The Nigeria Air, And AGF Malami Comparing Open Grazing To Trading Spare Parts

The Nigeria Air, And AGF Malami Comparing Open Grazing To Trading Spare Parts

Nigeria wants to run a national air carrier and the government is promising that a new one will begin operations in 2022: “In this 2021, we will try to do all the needful and probably we intend to start operations somewhere around first quarter 2022”. The nation’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced the date while speaking to newsmen after the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

First, I do not think that it is a good idea for Nigeria to float a national carrier at this time. We are yet to know why our previous voyages into this sector failed. Yes, unless we can explain that, going into this again makes no sense. It is simply going to be another avenue to distract the government  from focusing on what matters.

While we hope that ticket prices drop, the fact is that the local aviation industry, through the private sector, continues to march on. We do not need the government because its impacts may not really matter. But it will cost the Nigerian people resources which could have been deployed in other areas.

“In this 2021, we will try to do all the needful and probably we intend to start operations somewhere around first quarter 2022,” he said.

“It is still in top gear, we are coming back to Council, hopefully within the next two weeks, to present the memo on the national carrier,” he said.

“We went to Council to approve the outline business case for the carrier and then the Council raised some questions and asked us to go and file the memo again and bring it back.

“So, once it comes back and the outline business case is approved by Council, then, of course, we will now go to the full business case, which is now going to the market and then establishing the national carrier.

“It was our intention to have a national carrier running in 2021, which is this year. Unfortunately due to COVID, which took the greater part of last year, since March last year, activities are almost impossible.

“Of course, for obvious reasons, we now have access to equipment, that they will come faster to us, deliveries of the aircraft will be faster, perhaps even the rates might be cheaper and so on, and so forth.”

Today, national carriers thrive based on many factors. The most critical being that airlines are like the double plays to a home one oasis. Emirates runs on the strength of Dubai tourism boom. The Ethiopian Airlines has an edge, as Addis Ababa is the headquarters of the African Union with many natural traffics. More so, Nigeria has no chance to offer cost-efficiency which typically comes via scale, against Ethiopian and other global brands.

Our government while thinking that an airline will bring national pride needs to calibrate on this. Our private sector can serve the nation while the government focuses on making sure our airports run at world-class standards.

But this may not matter since the Attorney General of the Federation believes that banning open grazing in the southern part of Nigeria could be compared with banning spare parts in the northern part: “The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, slammed Southern governors for banning open grazing in the region. According to the AGF, open grazing ban is the same thing as Northern governors banning spare parts trading in their own region considering the fact that Southerners comprise a majority of spare parts traders in the North.”

His thinking is extremely offensive when you look at individual liberty and property rights. No one says that you cannot do open grazing. What people are saying is that you cannot graze your cattle, and destroy another person’s crops. So, where the cattle cannot stop that destruction, it has to change its process. Equating open grazing to spare parts shows we are fact-free, critical thinking-free, and any attempt to have a national conversation has no chance. So, the national carrier, Nigeria Air, will likely launch.

A governor responded to Malami thus:

His response to Mr Malami was made available to journalists on Thursday morning by his spokesperson, Olabode Richard.

Mr Akeredolu wrote as the leader of the Southern Governors Forum.

He said it is most “unfortunate that the AGF is unable to distil issues as expected of a Senior Advocate. Nothing can be more disconcerting.

“This outburst should, ordinarily, not elicit a response from reasonable people who know the distinction between a legitimate business that is not in any way injurious and a certain predilection for anarchy,” said Mr Akeredolu, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

“Clinging to an anachronistic model of animal husbandry, which is evidently injurious to the harmonious relationship between the herders and the farmers as well as the local populace, is wicked and arrogant.


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2 thoughts on “The Nigeria Air, And AGF Malami Comparing Open Grazing To Trading Spare Parts

  1. The people running things never disappoint, when it comes to turning logic on its head. If Hadi is so confident in his Nigeria Air agenda, it’s simple, the government should not invest a kobo, let him shop for investors; they will be queuing up to fund it, since it’s a great idea.

    The same country struggling virtually in everything wants to run a profitable airline, and someone is talking as if he would commit his lifesavings; talk is cheap. If they care so much about ‘Nigeria Air’ as a label, they should be selling it as merchandise, to whoever cares to float it; certainly not as government owned airline.

    As for Malami, when Aisha once claimed that her beloved husband didn’t know most of the people he appointed, it was a lie. If you have been paying attention to Malami, then add Pantami to the equation; you will begin to understand Buhari as a person. It is never a coincidence, some things never change, it runs in the DNA.

    Yes, banning open grazing in the south is comparable to banning spare parts business in the north, coming from chief law officer of the land. Just read through his thought process, he cited ‘constitutionality’, but he never showed us where Hisba confiscating alcohol goods in the north is in the constitution.

  2. I think the real CLOWNS in this world are Nigeria power-holders, I still wonder why they don’t make it to scene to take the role of the mentally derailed JOKER in Batman- You don’t super-powers to be MAD!

    I worked with Nigerian Breweries, and I can tell you freely that we lost huge resource because these mentally brain-washed fellow would confiscate our product and lay them to waste. This is the same people they would cry that they are marginalized and want quota-system.

    I should have asked how they appointed the chief Justice, but again, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Further, if the cabinet member of this administration can come out and utter rubbish, and they are allies to the number one citizen, you should not be surprised with the quality of decisions that come from that comes from that place- “show me your friend and I will tell you who you are!

    And for the National carrier, we obviously don’t need any one now and in the nearest future, we can’t manage it, was it not that one that they use money that could build a good hospital to made a dumb logo, what would happen when they want to start buy key part?

    Last month, I was watching a documentary on YouTube about Emirate Airline, explanation was made how the infrastructural development of Dubai is a cause for the use of the airline, and it was said that the Government had to carry the burden of debt incurred due to lack of operation caused by the Covid-19, and it must be remembered that the Middle-east don’t have large base of local transit, rather heavy cash comes from international transit, so you can imagine the level of cash spent.

    However, that doesn’t mean there was transit, rather passenger plane was turned Cargo transit to ship protective materials, on the other side, we could in no way practice that because the quality of planes we use are nothing to write home about.


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