Residents of Cross River have expressed their worries over Nigerian leaders who are not caring for the needs of its citizens at their time of needs.
The people make this assertion during an interview with Senior Correspondent in Calabar, the state capital.
According to Chief Okoi Ofem, a retired civil servant in the state, “I wonder why other leaders in Africa whom countries they governed are not even richer than Nigeria could cater for the needs of their citizens at the time of needs, particularly at this trying time but in Nigeria the story is different” “What our leaders are known for is pilfering of public funds meant for developmental purposes, empowering their family members and stacking Sof entrusted public funds abroad”.
He said, “To me, Nigeria is gradually becoming like a country without
government, I have been saying this and I would continue to make this
assertion. Case in point, any government who could not provide
essential services to its citizens which is the fundamental obligation
of government, particularly at this time of Coronavirus Pandemic
outbreak such a government is no government at all.
Go to other countries, the other day I called one of my brother in
Uganda, he said the
government of that country has announced that
there should be no payment of house rent from any quarter until
There was also the proper equal non-selective distribution of food items to all the vulnerable in Uganda. I also place a call to one of my sister residence in Ghana, she said in Ghana government are to waived out water bill for 3 months, health workers treating GOVID-19 would receive 50% additional salary inclusive of allowances.
Here in Nigeria what do we get from our government? 2 months electricity and water bill waiver deceit scandal courtesy of our house of Reps members and the federal government. What a shame and big deceit from those we say they are representing us?”
Okoi cried out with tears, insisting that he is thinking of the
generations yet unborn, maintaining that our government has failed us” Chief Okoi insists.
Another responder, a trader, Sunday Ogbonna, in his take on why the school feeding issue now and huge money spent on our children that are at home, he said, “The federal government of Nigeria have fooled us for a very long time now and it is becoming unbearable, for the
government that regards itself as a corruption-fighting government, if
“Holier than thou government” can come to the public domain like the
media and tell the whole Nigerians as big as this country that they
are feeding our children who are at home, me as a father I can tell
you authoritatively that I never saw any of our children being fed,
talk less to say they are using such amount of money feeding even our Nigerian children, imagine such amount like N679M for a day feeding of
Can they not tell us whose children they are feeding? Are
those children ghost? I think they should come up and tell Nigerians
the truth. Let me be frank, we have not benefited anything from this
government, we only benefit from the military angle. At least our
military has been able to guard our country’s borders successfully
against external aggression, that is what we are benefiting from
Nigeria’s government other things are on paper, we only give kudos to
our military” You can only trust a person or a government that is
straight forward. How can we trust the government? This government is not straight forward, their fight on corruption is a ruse, it is not
true that they at fighting corruption. if truly they are fighting
corruption, they should tell us how they are fighting it. If they can
come up with this analysis on this story that they are feeding our
children with a whooping N679M in a day, whereas children are at home nationwide since the emergence of Coronavirus outbreak we have forced our children to remain at home with us. I wonder what we will tell our children. We are not living by example; we should be able to live by example.
My advice to this government is they should be straight forward. If
they are fighting corruption they should come out and fight
corruption. If they are hiding under corruption to steal, even much
more than the previous government that has ruled Nigeria from
independence. They should be able to tell us the truth. We are not
getting any truth from this government, and we are getting tired of
them by the day.
We are being led by deceit; the government is deceitful in its entity. On their promise to the citizens to cushion the effect of the pandemic that is ravaging the entire world today.
Other countries are during this period are giving their citizens
supports in the form of cash and food items to cushion the effect of
the moment. But Nigeria government is busy issuing loans at this
critical time to its poverty stridden citizens just for the purpose of
making more profits with stringent conditions attached to it, which
majority of Nigerians might not meet up the criteria from,
particularly a guarantor who has an asset base of Ten Million Naira,
N10M as it is indicated in the guarantor’s form. The question is who
will know someone who has Ten Million Naira, N10M that will not ask
such person to help him or her with at least One Million Naira, N1M to
improve his or her business or go into a partnership? This is what we
have been talking about, our government has failed us, we know our
government over the years do not and will not care for its citizens
even if hunger want to kill everyone you are on your own.
They should not forget that we have been communicating with our people
who are living outside the country to know what the government of
other countries are capable of doing to the people they are governed.
My classmate in Guinea told me “Point Blank” that the government of
Guinea is to subsidized electricity and water bill for its citizens
for the next 3 months, no payment of house rents by Guinea citizens
till December 2020, the government in Guinea have also provided
Pharmaceutical products and other basic needs for their people. We
know these things are real”
A woman who also spoke, who would not want her name mention in the
news, on the spending of the controversial N679 for feeding of none
visible school children, she said: “If children are not going to
school now because of the Lockdown moment it is difficult to believe,
where they meet the children to feed them because at the moment we
have not been seeing people around to give us food items, said alone
seeing the possibility of exhausting such huge amount of money in one
day on supporting people on feeding their children. I think the
government should try to ensure that if such money is released it
should be followed up to realize the valued being delivered.
Because releasing the money is one thing, but taking it to the main
purpose where you met the school children is like a tall dream in this
country, distribute it as assign to that purpose is another thing. So
if we have been waiting with hunger nobody is receiving any food item,
no support from anywhere we wonder how the money is being spent, so
Nigerians should find the possibility of connecting to government. In
case this is happening in other states, in Cross River, we have not
got help from anywhere. For my own part, this government does not care
for its citizens during the time of pressing need as that is the
fundamental obligation of government”.
Eyo Esu, a student of the University of Calabar on his part opined
that, what I see in that claim that the President Buhari led
government have used N679million in one day to feed the children that are currently staying at home with their parents, I want to say if they
have done that they are not doing the right thing, most of the state
I don’t think they have seen such money or part of it which they would use on their children.
The states that I would have said have received such money are the Northern states. The idea was that the feeding of school children was for every state in the federation. Even when the
current COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak was not yet broke out in Nigeria
feeding of the school children were mostly carried out in the Northern
states, even if Northern states are considered as being poor.
Now let us do the summation of this money. Assuming if two states,
Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) school children
will consume N679M in one day for feeding, then the entire 36 states
school children would then consume N8.1billion in just one day, talk less to say in a month, calculate to see how much that would be. Take away 8 days Sundays and Saturday’s weekends that would give a whoopingN186.3B.
Let us not deceived our children so that we would not be judge
tomorrow, let us not also forgot that about 60% of parents advised
their children not to eat outside their homes. The question is where
on earth these monies are going? This is a big question to ponder
about if truly they are fighting corruption. To me, our governments
are not sincere, and they are not telling us the truth, neither do
they care about Nigerians” That is my take.