Pictures of Nigeria’s Federal Ministers falling asleep during one of their numerous assemblies has gone viral on the internet (on this occasion, budget presentation). According to the Twitter report, they were sleeping while President Muhammadu Buhari was presenting the 2017 budget.
Just like classroom monitors report names of noise makers, a twitter handler known as ‘The Nigerian Wailers’ sent the image on Twitter report those sleeping on national duty, with the caption:
“Buhari’s Ministers sleeping on duty during presentation of 2017 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly today in Abuja.
“If you still wonder we [Nigerians] are where we are today, then you need deliverance.”
— The Nigerian Wailers (@NGRWailers) December 15, 2016
These are the Ministers caught in the image in their sleeping order:
Udo Udoma – Minister of Budget and National Planning.
Okechukwu Enelamah – Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment.
Solomon Dalung – Minster of Youth and Sports. This is the Minister who was blasted by the media for his controversial response on the reason why the Super Falcons who recently won the CAF African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon, were not paid.
Audu Ogbeh – Minister for Agriculture. He once blamed the high cost of rice and its excessive importation on Nigerians who eat too much rice.
Lai Mohammed – Minister of Information and Culture.
Nigerians and the world might not find this so surprising, but they would remain in awe at how important leaders of a nation would assemble to discuss national issues looking bored, woozy, unenthusiastic and inactive.
As some would say, they sit on the national cake acting up the military jargon which says, “soldier come, soldier go” despite ridiculous salary, allowances and other benefits which are drawn from the countries economy, one can’t help but wonder which way Nigeria?