Square holes, round pegs – and more, in today’s news round up with Cheta Nwanze

by Cheta Nwanze


Nothing displays the inefficiencies in the Nigerian system more than the new teacher’s success on Saturday. Within a few hours of receiving his staff of office, Ibrahim Shekarau, former school teacher, gathered together a motley crew of striking teachers, and got them to pick up their chalk, for three months at least. Something that his predecessor spectacularly failed to do. But then of course, a former teacher will realise the value of education, far more than someone who spent an undue amount of time rising through the transportation system.

But Mallam Shekarau appears not to be the only round peg in a round hole these days. The NMA tends to insist that only doctors be made minister of health, so one would expect some more concern from the current occupant regarding the Ebola thing that is rampaging across our sub-region. However, not only did he miss the summit in Accra over the issue, we are getting the requisite soundbites from Lagos. Which begs the question, does the FG care?

But then again, the FG may be otherwise occupied in its PR campaign. The latest fire it has to put out was set by the chap in charge of Sahara Reporters. In a rather disappointing interview, Mr. Sowore said, “GEJ is the worst leader Nigeria has ever had.” To be honest, I’ve heard that exact phrase being used to describe every leader this err, geographical expression has had in my lifetime, and during his leadership. What that tells me is that we, as a society, have failed to define what leadership is, which means that we always end up with different shapes of pegs and holes.

Love life, live healthy

Bits and Bobs

Pakistani rockstar, Malala Yousafzai is in Abuja to dance a tango with the Prez. Tickets at Unity Fountain today, 3pm.

Despite the man’s acceptance of defeat, the APC is going to force outgoing Ekiti honcho to contest his defeat in last month’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Background checks are going to increase for those who want to pick up guns and defend this err, geographical expression.

At the Urban Day Grammar School, Ibadan, where students write on the floor; it is one week, one snake.


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