Histories are meant to be made at different points in time, with Nigeria not left out in the history making moments. Since, the inauguration of the Buhari’s “change-toga” government, the political landscape and other spheres of the society has witnessed ground-breaking events.
Events that are mind bogging, novel and absurd have pervaded the landscape of Nigeria. Out of myriad of events that are happening in Nigeria, these four moments stand out.
Benue State and ozone layer fund: This is novel in the world, I presumed and I think the Benue state government should be applauded (Ridiculous, I mean) for taking a bold step and initiative towards making our environment conducive for all.
The Benue State Revenue Service have commenced collection of N15,000 and N150,000 yearly tax payment from private residents and business outfits owners of electricity generating sets as “Ozone layer Maintenance Fund”.
Addressing newsmen in Markudi, the Benue state capital, Terna Francis, the media assistant to the Chairman of the board, Mrs. Mimi Orubibi said that the tax will be used by Benue state government for “maintenance of the ozone layer” depleted by fumes emitted from the generators and to avoid natural disasters.
Longest streak of fuel scarcity: Perhaps, this is the longest time that Nigerians have experienced fuel scarcity with the present status quo lingering for almost two months now. The present fuel scarcity in Nigeria has continued to break records in the history of excruciating discomfort caused by the unavailability of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) across the country.
No one can fault the minister for saying the bitter truth that he is not a magician, who can wave his magic wand and make fuel scarcity and queue disappear, at least that is the change we voted for.
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Longest queue ever: Nigeria made ground breaking history at the last Easter festive period when photo emerged on the social media of an unprecedented longest queue in Nigeria. A social media user named Miz Carzola created internet buzz with the picture that generated many comments, rants and funny remarks.
The minister of petroleum has promised that by the end of April, fuel scarcity and its attendant long queue will be lost in footnotes of history but I guess the picture would not.
Nigeria’s chief coach resigned vie twitter: It is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria that the country is blessed with a media and technologically savvy coach. The emergency of Sunday Oliseh was greeted with the euphoria “the African Guardiola” due to his sophisticated punditry.
He mesmerized the sport landscape with his Youtube media outlet to inform Nigerians about his whereabouts, redress players’ outbursts like Emenike and Enyeama cases, reason for failure of home-based Eagles at CHAN tournament, non payment of salaries and failure of Nigeria Football Federation to honour contractual obligations.
As follow-up, he made an important landmark in the sporting history of Nigeria by announcing his resignation via Twitter after seven months in charge of the national team (Epic, i mean).
You will agree with me that everything is changing in Nigeria. Don’t be blown away by these history shattering events, embrace it.
Written by: Dosunmu Moshood