AFRICASTALLESTMAN INTERVIEWS ALHAJI ALIKO DANGOTE.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN INTERVIEWS ALHAJI ALIKO DANGOTE.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Good evening Alhaji, I am glad to meet the richest Black person ever.

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
Good evening, Africastallestman, I was getting worried that you have not interviewed me. You have interviewed every Tom, Dick, and Harry except the richest Black person.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
I leave the best and biggest for the last.

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
Thank you, Tallest Man of Africa.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Do you belong to any political party?

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
I belong to all but belong to none.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Could that explain why you decamped from the PDP to the APC?

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
Does the PDP run the Customs Service? Are the Ministers and Regulators, PDP or APC?
I belong to AGIP (Any Government In Power) and play OTWP (Obey The Wind Politics).
My politics is not partisan, but present, as in who is in power, presently.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
People say you are not a businessman but a monopolist. Igbo importers are especially riled that the Governments gave you all the licenses to import all essential commodities, shutting Igbos out of these lucrative sectors.
There is also a rumor you will soon oversee all oxygen supply in Nigeria.

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
Political power trumps economic power. Unless you translate your economic power into political power, all your economic power can be taken away by one politician.
Buhari has turned Nigeria into a Fulani Empire.
I became a billionaire because of Northern political power, not because I am brighter than Igbo and Yoruba businesspeople.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Why does Dangote Group not have any manufacturing facilities in the South East?

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
The soil in the South East cannot support my heavy industries.
A quarry dump truck fully loaded with limestone has a curb weight of 307 tons, a gross operating weight of 687.5 tons and a maximum capacity of 380 tons.
Three to five million Igbos were killed by Nigerian Soldiers and mobs between 1966 and 1970. The whole South East is a big graveyard.
Consequently, the soil cannot support the weight of my dump trucks.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
The same soil supports the weight of your overloaded trailers and warehouses.
Is your non-presence in the South East, an admittance that Biafra May be a reality soon?

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
You cannot count out the Igbos resurrecting and re-inventing themselves.
Obafemi Awolowo gave Igbos £20.00 after the Biafra-Nigeria War.
The same marginalized Igbos are now driving the Nigerian Economy.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Why did you marry an Igbo wife?

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
You should ask Atiku, Babangida, and Obasanjo, why they married Igbo wives?
Gowon almost married an Igbo wife. The lady refused and the Born-Again Christian Gowon abandoned their son out of anger. He recently accepted his son after he was released from prison in the US.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2016/03/gowon-accepts-son-48-years-after/amp/

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Gowon says one thing and does another thing.
Isn’t this the same Gowon who abandoned the Aburi Accord after agreeing to the accord?
His son should not have been imprisoned if Gowon accepted his responsibility as father. An “acclaimed” father of the nation is not a father to his own son?
What a travesty!
This is the same Gowon that declared, “No Victor, No Vanquished,” and the three Rs – Reconciliation, Reconstruction, and Rehabilitation. These were just buzzwords that were never fulfilled.
South Easterners are missing from the power structure of Nigeria.
South East infrastructure are worse than during the war.
Rehabilitation is yet to be seen.

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
How did you know all these?

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Alhaji, I do my homework.

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
What do you know about me?

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Is it true that you spend most of your daytime hobnobbing with politicians and visiting bureaucrats instead of being in your office?

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
Did I invent the game of monopoly?
I just know how to play it.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Do you bribe, sorry, lobby politicians and civil servants?

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
If you count giving plane rides, sponsoring political campaigns, sponsoring pilgrimages as lobbying, I am as guilty as charged.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Bribery is called lobbying elsewhere, and companies have officially registered lobbyists who bribe, sorry, lobby US members of Congress.

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
I wish Nigeria will introduce official bribing, sorry, lobbying.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Do you think your soon-to-be Igbo wife will convince you to have a physical presence in the South East?
Apparently, the South East soil that supports your warehouses will support your factories.

ALHAJI DANGOTE:
You never know with women.
Warehouses do not weigh as much as dump trucks.
Phone rings…..gri..gri…gri….
Africastallestman, it is Asiwaju, Alhaji, Chief, Otunba Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban of Ajegunle. I need to advance some money for Buhari’s re-election.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Thank you, Alhaji. It was a pleasure talking with you.
You can keep the brown envelope, my Keke Napep is waiting outside.

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