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Matters Arising From Mark Zuckerberg’s Visit to Nigeria (1) by Sunday Folayan

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday visited Nigeria unannounced and has since then generating a lot of controversies on social media. Below is piece written by  Rev. Sunday Folayan…..

Right in front of our own eyes ….

1. They came for our palm nuts, we now import palm oil but we still have Palm nuts in abundance.

2. They came for our Cocoa, we now import Chocolate.
with Cocoa still in abundance.

3. They came for our crude oil and we still import petroleum, with huge subsidy (now shifted to LNG?) while the crude rots in our wells and Government destroys the micro-refineries in the creeks

4. Then they came for our footballers, European Soccer changed pace, we now celebrate Bronze after Gold, and we still import soccer coaches

5. They came for our Doctors and Nurses, Arabian healthcare became a marvel, nurtured by UCH trained Doctors and we can no longer boast of any center of medical excellence.

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6. We have exported people so much, that Diaspora remittances can fund all of Nigeria’s Forex needs, but with rent seekers in financial places, those gains go into private pockets and legit needs are not met.

I can go on and on and on …

Smell the Coffee. They are coming for our Tech Start-ups and great ideas that has remained untapped by our successive Governments (apart from the Tax), even with the dead mantra of seeking other sources of revenue beyond oil.

… Soon we will import Ideas, and I hope the Government will not convince us that we need to import a Minister of ICT!

As I have been warned severally by those who think Ministers of God should confine their thoughts to prayers and supplications alone … I have spoken, so I shall return to my vocation … Praying for Nigeria.

 

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