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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Minna Private Jets - Another Perspective: Richard Akinola

I know this statement may annoy some people who may misconstrue it but would say it all the same. And it's in respect  of the alleged 30 private jets at Minna for IBB daughter's wedding. Can we try to contextualise it?
1. Not all those jets (assuming they were up to 30 because l haven't seen any evidence of those who counted them), are owned by those who flew them to Minna. Some were chartered. And to me, there is no big deal in chartering a plane. If you can afford a N60-70 million Range Rover sport or built a house worth that amount, or own a house in Maitama or Asokoro, you can charter a plane. That's the truth. It's no big deal and you don't need to steal to charter a plane. It's a matter of choice and priority.

2. If you hold a wedding event in a village that the inhabitants are used to seeing bicycles, and suddenly the villagers see exotic cars of wedding guests, they would probably make issue out of it among them of the number of exotic vehicles that came to their village, even when some of them may have been hired.
They probably would label those who came to the village with exotic vehicles as "thieves and yahoo people".
This perspective may sound unpopular, but it is worth examining.
I remember that Nduka Obaigbena, publisher of Thisday, few years ago used to charter plane from Lagos to Abuja. A friend once told me that he saw him staying at the presidential suite of Transcorp, Abuja costing 500k per night, and when he told him it was too expensive, that "The Duke" dismissively told him that "one colour page advert per day would take care of it". Which is true because Thisday had barter advert arrangement with Transcorp.
Why am l saying this? We should not always dismiss all those who live affluent lifestyles as being corrupt because certain lifestyles is a matter of choice. This, however, is without prejudice to the presence of many corrupt serving or former public officers in our midst.
                             Richard Akinola

1 comment:

  1. Let's call this objectivity per excellence, from Richard Akinola


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