I have been trying till now to keep my nose out of what is none of my business. I am not a politician and I am not one to spend time debating on political issues. However, I am a businessman, anything that has to do with Nigeria and doing business in Nigeria is my BUSINESS!
I was minding my business and going about my online research when I noticed an article from Loy of StartUpsNigeria announcing that Google has launched Google News for Nigeria of course I was thrilled and I decided to check it out.
Well, maybe it was a wrong timing. I actually love the new services, but one of the first story that caught my attention is one posted by NigerianMuse about The N100 million dinner for Obama (written by Reuben Abati). You may be wondering what that has got to do with me. Well, the organizers of the dinner, Africans for Obama 2008 is being led by none other than the Director General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Professor Ndidi Okereke-Onyiuke.
Well, that is not a crime, however, a statement credited to her is worrisome and that happens to concern me;
“Some skeptical people have been writing nonsense and rubbish in the newspapers that what is my business with Obama. But they are free to continue to write petitions. It is not their money that we are spending. Ask them is it your money that we are spending?”
The writer insists that those are the exact words of Professor Ndidi Okereke-Onyiuke, Director General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and Chairman of the Africans for Obama 2008. That is a rude shock to me. After reading the rest of the article, I could not help but ask, What is Nigeria’s business in Obama 2008?
I personally think that the Americans are in a better position to know what is good for them. They know the Presidential Contestants better than us, so What is Nigeria’s business in mobilizing vote for one candidate or the other? We have myriads of unsolved challenges facing us. Instead of getting busy at combating them, we are trying to educate those who are practically ahead of us! Maybe I am missing somethiing here. If you have a better answer, I will like to know.