Tuesday, December 07, 2004

After all this praise, time for a moan about Nigeria

Today there are huge queues for petrol at the garages in Abuja. MTN, the largest mobile phone operator, has not allowed pre-paid customers (including moi) to upload credit to their phones - a technical problem they have not been able to fix in three days. Meanwhile, the Plateau State Governor Dariye has been found out - siphoning huge sums of money into private accounts (he was caught a few weeks ago in the UK with millions of pounds that he couldn't account for - then he managed to slip away from the UK police and get back to Nigeria via France). Because State Governors have immunity from prosecution, most of them are at it - building hotels or setting up businesses etc in the West (and in Nigeria). The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have their first big case on their hands. It was disgusting how this crook was invited back to the country with fanfare and media hoopla given he was caught red-handed in the UK. On the micro level, we are having builders round to fix our ceiling (Harmattan has caused it to crack and bend). They have been stealing things in the process.

Tomorrow will be a better day.


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