The skit at the beginning was funny. The speech that the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, should have read has been posted by Premium Times: http://premiumtimesng.com/opinion/136267-by-goodluck-jonathan.html. Special Adviser to the President on media, Reuben Abati stated that the president could not give his speech because he was having a side meeting with other presidents, which other presidents did that day. It raises the question of why he couldn’t have done this at a different time, however, he is allowed to have someone else read his speech on his behalf which is what was said to have happened. It seems to me that this is another poor excuse which Nigerians are meant to accept but what do I know?
Let me start off by saying Happy Democracy Day to all of my fellow Nigerians! I have never heard of this day before. Nigerians tend to eat Jollof rice and chicken when they celebrate and it just so happens it’s what I ate today so I subconsciously celebrated! 🙂 Nigerians make me laugh. Democracy day was trending on twitter worldwide today. I read messages along the lines of if 35 people have issues voting, what about the country and “Demo-crazy day”. I saw Dem-are-crazy on another blog which I thought was hilarious.
I just signed up to twitter today mainly because of Sunrise Daily, on Channels TV, which is accessible online. The presenters don’t back down when it comes to questioning neither do they allow weak answers. I’m digressing. I was watching Sunrise Daily and the topic of discussion was the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) or rather the shambles it became. How ironic that just before we are meant to celebrate Democracy Day, this comes up. It highlights that if 35 governors cannot pick their chairman, how is it elections are run in Nigeria in an orderly manner? Despite this, I will never not acknowledge that Nigeria has made progress. NaijaYarnz put up a post on Democracy Day which I think is very good. It is balanced and states Nigeria’s progress and areas it still needs to work on. I’m sure we can agree that politics and elections are areas Nigeria still needs to improve on.