Saturday, November 18, 2006

So...

So, I've just walked into the lobby at Bush House, shivering slightly from the November cold, carrying a plastic bag from Tesco (I'm tightening my belt, even though the stuff cost me just over four quid). I go through the rotating security doors, and I see a familiar face. Dimunitive as ever, it's BEN's Jide Iyaniwura, but as I stretch out to shake his hand, I see the man beside him is none other than Frank Nweke Jnr (Minister of Information, the man I call OBJ's rottweiler-in-chief).

Mr Nweke Jnr, (or should that be Jnr Nweke), isn't baring his fangs this time, he's smiling. I tell him that I'll be undertaking a tour of Nigeria around election time, and that hopefully, we'll meet. I'd like to ask him some tough questions, I say. He chuckles, charm itself, then hands me a card, before he's whisked off to be interviewed by the Africa's widest reaching news programme, Focus on Africa. I reckon he's in town to woo diaspora donors for the PDP, try and get some Goldmann Sachs and PWC Queen's heads to strengthen the PDP's war chest.

The games have begun.

7 comments:

April said...

The games have truly begun even though the majority of Nigerians (in Nigeria) are yet to register to vote, through no fault of their own I hasten to add! And as for Nigerians resident abroad...well, I guess they should abandon any fancy ideas of being able to vote remotely (sigh!).

T-man said...
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T-man said...

It's a shame to know that the government finds it difficult to organise a well-conducted voters' registration process but have been working hard to have the greatest external reserves record in the whole of Africa.

It seems the government is aiming at impressing the outside world with some of these records but it will be more sensible for it to be on record for once, that Nigeria is serious with her democratic process.

uknaija said...
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uknaija said...

He was actually in town with 9 other ministers to launch the Heart of Nigeria image laundering project which Chatham House in "collusion" with your good folks at Auntie effectively scuppered with the release of the 419 report the same week...

Nkem said...

Which makes sense, cos he gave a business card which had "heart of Nigeria" on the back of it. Where and when is this thing taking place?

Anonymous said...

@ uknaija, did you mean another opportunity money laundering project?