OKOROCHA IS RIGHT, A COUNTRY WITH GHOST WORKERS
NEEDS A GHOST PRESIDENT.
The following statement attributed to Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, aptly describes the political economy in Nigeria:
“In another development, Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, described as wrong and unfounded the allegation on Wednesday by Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, that President Muhammadu Buhari who returned to the United Kingdom on May 7, for treatment on an undisclosed ailment had been on life support since June 6.
Okorocha who made the remark in Abuja after attending the meeting of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said Fayose lacked the qualification to speak on Buhari’s health.
He also said the governor’s call for Buhari’s resignation was cheap, noting that the functions of his office are well discharged by his deputy and acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
“Well, I have just said that even the speculation he is making is wrong, it is unfounded. If anybody is to speak about the President’s health, Fayose does not have the qualifications to speak for the nation whether Mr. President should resign or stay. It is not in our culture, it is not in our tradition.
“We sympathise with those who go through pains of ill health, at that time we don’t wish them death, we wish them well. And Mr. President’s office is properly taken care of by Mr. Acting President of Nigeria until Mr. President comes back home and continues his work and finish his term. But to say he should resign is cheap talk and does not make sense in anyway,”
Okorocha is right. Nigeria is a country of ghosts.
There are ghost Presidents who sign appropriation bills, ghost Governors who cannot pay salaries, ghost transition-local-government chairpersons laundering money for governors, and ghost workers who claim salaries meant for living workers. Nigeria also has ghosts in Nollywood movies, ghosts causing road accidents, ghost Fulani herdsmen from Mali and Senegal (ravaging farmlands and killing innocent civilians), ghost voters (signing re-call petitions for Senator Dino Melaye), ghost security services (harassing judges at night), and ghost reporters. All Nigerian cemeteries are empty, and the dead have left their homes and are roaming the country.
How can a mere “Mr.” Ayo Fayose, Ekiti State Governor, have the qualifications to speak about “General” President Muhammadu Buhari? Only a “Chief” Rochas Okorocha, Imo State Governor, can speak for the Presidency. Maybe we should start chaining graves to prevent ghosts from escaping! Ghost reporters and ghost readers to take note.