Senator Obanikororeceiving the Texas Southern University Distinguished International Alumnus Award 2014 from President of the Texas Southern University, John M. Rudley on Friday 24th October 2014 at the Westin Galleria Hotel, 5060 West Alabama – Houston, Texas, United States of America (USA).
When Nigerian politicians add titles to their names and receive meaningless awards, they are setting the stage to run a scam. The Nigerian politician averages 3 titles mostly trumpeting their “profession”, so the Nigeria Television Authority and other Nigerian news outlets announce the VP as Architect Vice President Namadi Sambo, see how they called him an architect before vice president.
No self-respecting Nigerian politician is addressed by his or her given name; they buy honorary doctorate degrees from any two bits college and wear it like scrubs. There are the Engineer Senator Chief, Architect Doctor Senator, Engineer Otunba Senator you get the gist meanwhile no one is asking these honorable engineers and architects why we have no electricity and horrible infrastructure.
Brings me to this image and caption posted on Senator Obanikoro’s Facebook page, these thoughts crossed my mind. How much did he pay for this award? He is about to scam the people for a higher office and why is he getting his award at a hotel and not at the school campus auditorium?
President Goodluck Jonathan and his gang of educated fools are doing a good job of gagging the Nigerian press on Boko Haram. What use is it that everyone in the world knows what is going on in Nigeria except Nigerians?
We rely on information from BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and SABC while our news journalists pander to the highest paying politicians and crooks of the day. It is no secret that the majority of Nigerian newsmen and women are on the take.
The general practice of major news organizations getting paid to cover news events totally undermines the credibility of these organizations. Payola is normal everyday business so all news outlets in Nigeria are paid stooges in the same way.
I had a heated debate with a couple of “pressmen” on their lack of ethics and integrity, they like everyone else that call themselves journalists because they can flash an ID card issued by the Nigerian government that says so, invoke the name of Dele Giwa as if they rehearsed their talking point.
“You want them to letter bomb me” I wonder if these cats understand we are in the digital age, emails, texts and social media even India finally sent out their last telegraph. So the only way they could be “letter bombed” is if the bomb is in a “Ghana must go bag”. They rather live dishonest lives than die honest men, while their opposition live to die “honest” in a live to let live world.
I watched an address last year to the Nigerian press core by the minster of information Mr. Labaran Makuinstructing them to ignore Boko Haram. He advised them that Boko Haram is seeking attention so the press should be good citizens and do their best to ignore them. I wonder if the strategy is to continue ignoring them. Maybe the killing of 30 people in the dormitories of Government Secondary School Mamudo Village would make them rethink their stance or maybe that proven tactics of ignoring your enemy will eventual work for President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians
We have dealt with electric blackouts for decades in Nigeria while Ghana celebrates decades of steady electric supply. Seems to me Nigerians will be dealing with decades of news blackouts. It is no longer a game of fat cats and mice between the presidency and the press it is a game of rats.