By: Andy Akporugo Jr
A few days ago, the President expressed a puzzlement. He wondered how a governor could sleep when he didn’t pay workers’ salaries.
I have a feeling he was thinking majorly of the ruler of Kogi State, a young man who although bred within the culture of the satellite television, chooses to live beneath the dictates of current civilization, and holds tenaciously to the Prince-and-Slave mentality that offers as exculpatory, an argument that the allegation that a Director in his civil service committed suicide because of many months of unpaid salaries, was improbable and false simply because he had been paid his salaries as at December 2016 i.e 10 months before! Truly, that state wears its curses in starched ‘Agbada’ and a silly face. But PMB probably was also thinking of my Governor, against whom on account of his duplicitous non-performance no word thrown at him, whatever size of mud it packs, would be libellous.
However in those famous words, the President was saying some other, perhaps more important words. He was telling us that he does not sleep. He spends his nights awake, perhaps helped by a generous dose of kolanuts, grappling with Nigeria’s problems at meeting rooms with his kitchen cabinet. And for this we must be grateful.
The difficulty however, is that if the President doesn’t enter his bedroom to sleep, he would not see sticking out from under his pillows, the Prof Osinbajo report on the probe of the suspended SGF [who I reckon still earns a salary and receives all pecks of his office below the gaze of us all] which two-page recommendations are meant for a relaxed bedtime read.
If PMB needs to be told, his famous statement of belonging to everyone and to no one, will majorly be understood by his handling of the SGF matter, even though I now wonder if the report isn’t itself a reproach on good sense, after reading what currently flies around as the advice of Mr Abubakar Malami SAN (an influential member of the VP’s committee) on the very upsetting Maina malady.
Whatever, let the President just go and sleep or at least to bed. Madam would have some things to tell him there too. He should be assured that we won’t die before he returns at break of dawn. We are Nigerians. We always live to tell the story!