Just saw a post that the Clinton’s left the White House after 8 years not only broke but were indebted to the tune of $12b( a lot of these on legal services). Some American presidents left the white with similar experiences.
As a Nigerian and an African you will be surprised that as an American president, you pick up most of the bills such as the food you eat, dry cleaning of clothes, cleaning of the house, paying for private parties, personal legal fees.
Here in Nigeria for feeding the first family and their guest, the sum of N1.8b has been voted this year. For feeding and other sundry services, the sum N3b has been voted for the presidency.
That is not all, the most disturbing comparison of how expensive our leadership style compared to theirs is in the area of annually pension. I don’t know the annual pension of the president, but that of some governors is about 400% more than that of US president. Kwara, Akwa Ibom, rivers and Edo states annual pension for governors is put at N200m, that excludes four officials cars, two houses in the state capital and the second to be located one in any place of the choice of governor. While the American president governs over 320m people and the largest economy in the world earns a meagre sum of $200,000 annually, no official cars, no provision for building a house for him. This means that if you convert the annual pension of the governors’ referred to in dollars it comes to $4m annually( at back market rate of about N500-1$). Is this figure not very alarming! This figure if invested properly, could build an average 50 bed capacity hospitals with equipment in about 10 communities in any of the states mentioned above.
Our capacity for ostentatious life style and wastage are legendary and frightening. While in UK adjudged the 6th largest economy in the world has no provision for aircraft attached to their prime minister, here in Nigeria, the presidency has 10( of recent 2 helicopters were donated to Air Force from the presidency).
Folks with this economic recession coupled with our low level of development, is it fair for the leadership to continue this unsustainable expensive cost of governance? Can’t we as Nigerian citizens shun all these divisive antics of the leadership such us religious, ethnic and regional differences and unison frontally confront the them to reverse all these despicable and inhuman policies that makes our governance the most expensive in the world either through mass action or through other legitimate weapons of protest. I’m really sounding utopian or probably day dreaming, abi.
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