Friday, August 19, 2011


So, Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo, supposedly two of Nigeria's most prominent elder statesmen, are trading insults like school children in a park over the size of their candies and people are making so much fuss about it? While it is a very juicy topic for news, discussion and debate, the big picture is whether their petty fight contributes in any way to citizen/national development. Or is this just a ploy by the Generals to humour Nigerians and so divert some significant attention from pressing national issues and President Goodluck Jonathan's efforts to grapple with presidential powers?

Imagine US Generals Colin Powell and David Petraeus or former Preeidents Bill Cinton and Jimmy Carter throwing insults at each other. Nigerians and the Nigerian media should also be raising questions about the perceived intelligence of these 'elder statesmen', former Nigerian Army Generals and Presidents/Heads of States; the core values they represent, as well as their controversial tenures; instead of simply magnifying this charade

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