January 3, 2012

GEJ Presidential Palace Subsidy Must End: Nigerian Bloggers' Protest


Calculation based on #150 to $1 exchange rate.
 I know this is a food blog, but I am disheartened by the situation in Nigeria, so excuse the random post. Nigerians should not only riot the subsidy, we should riot the whole political system.


In a country where the average person survives on less than $2/day, the presidency has a food budget of $8,711.71/ day, these amounts to #1.3Million per day. I have reasons to believe he is on the most expensive diet in the world.


I sincerely do not want to get started on the Stationary cost of $2.28 million or the travel expenses of $11.16Million. How do they come up with these numbers? I can’t think of any possible base for the budgeted numbers. (Full Budget for the presidency HERE ).


If you have been praying for Nigeria, please STOP. God has done His part; he has given us EVERYTHING, Human and Natural Resources. It is time for a revolution of sort, time to disintegrate and start over.
If you have a blog, PLEASE spread the words.
What You can do (Everyone has a part to play)

1. Do a similar post of your own on your blog using the title "GEJ Presidential Palace Subsidy Must End: Nigerian Bloggers' Protest"

2. Add the pic/tabled diagram in this post

3. Publish your post today or latest by tomorrow

4. Please allow for seven days on your blog or place in a prime position on your blog for seven days.

5. You can still play your part as a non-blogger: share on facebook, twitter and other relevant social media.

6. Journalists, use your media space.

7. If you've done a post or published elsewhere online, please leave a link here, so I can come over and comment. Thanks.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jizos! 3milla for food! What kind of food does our President eat? Roasted mermaids and barbecued angels? 2.5milla for car maintenance? does the car run on champagne? Our problem is man-made not spiritual!

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Prism of an immigrant said...

Applauding....

I agree with you 100 percent and I'm furious.

Prayer/religion is now part a big part of the problem. Nigerians should realize that prayer is not a synonym for sound public policies, and prayer cannot be a substitute for competent and ethical leadership.

*I had to delete my previous two comments, because I hate leaving essays on people's blog.

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

@ Anonymous: LOL @ roasted mermaids and barbecued angels. Of course that car is running on champagne...crsytal!

Hmmm. Yorubas would say oro buruku t'oun t'erin. Painful talk tends to induce a laugh out of itself.

Seriously 9jaFooDie, I think all naija bloggers should protest this week (using your post pic and writing a post of their own) starting from today for a minimum period of seven days. The post should be titled 'GEJ subsidy must end'. Protest to end by next Tuesday/Wednesday or longer as the blogger deems fit. I will speak to Madame Sting about it to put it on her nigerian blogs site. If that's ok with you, Let me know in due course. You don't really have to do anything in support. Let me know if you'd like a link back to your post - in your comment here. Well done on the good work.

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

@ Prism: I wish you hadn't deleted your comment. Those were really good comments. I hope you will convert into a post of your own.

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@ilola said...

There is no riot in Nigeria. What we have is peaceful protest and plan to keep it that way

Used tyres were being burnt, in order to create bonfires. That's about it.

We don't plan to resort to violence and we hope it stays that way. Thanks

stelzz said...

i agree though that subsidy is necessary. But the problem is:
1. Nigerians have been bitten one too many times that they don't believe good will come off this
2. Government budget is just too ridiculous meanwhile the common man can barely make ends meet
3. At a time when there is no power, no functioning refineries and when the price of fuel determines the price of a whole lot of other stuff, this has compounded the problem
4. Minimum wage is 18k. How many people can survive on that with these new measures

All in all, I think Government should cut their budget first. They are servants of the people and country and not the other way round. If they want to show they truly care, combat corruption and cut down their budget, then we'll know they really mean what they're saying!

9jaFOODie said...

@Anonymous: I have no idea, probably gold crusted pink pigeon breast in a Diamond flake reduction. Yeap... man made problems.

@Prism: My love, we need the essay, I really do not mind at all. I hate that people keep saying “God Help us”.

@Naijalines: I am in agreement with you, I think it’s a brilliant idea and I am up for it. I wish I had more time to decipher the budget further; it is extremely disgusting what our so called leaders are doing to us.

@Stelzz: My point exactly my dear, the 8Bn that will apparently be saved, how much of that will go back into building the country. If they give me 24hrs, I can definitely find 8b in their useless allowances.

@Ilola: Riot by definition (Not Law) does not have to be violent.

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

My post is up, dear. I hope other bloggers can do the protest too.

Natural Nigerian said...

I have to break my "I don't talk about Nigerian politics and problems on my blog" rule. This is beyond ridiculous.

Natural Nigerian said...

Oh, and the $ is actually N165. Imagine what the figures will be then....

A-9ja-Great said...

It is really disheartening to see that the government is not concerned about the plight of the people.Well done dear.We are against the removal of fuel subsidy.

downtheaisle said...

it is really saddening to imagine the extent of the insensitivity of nigerian politicians. In their hearts they have made a resolve to suck Nigeria dry till dere's nothing to suck...bunch of wicked and heartless souls!!!

mstizzle said...

This whole issue just saddens me. How many unsuccessful protests have we had in this country? The whole thing is just somehow...

Anonymous said...

Seriously, how do they come up with these figures?!!
It's a pity we have selfish people up there. A good per cent of Nigerians were barely surviving as it was and now they remove the subsidy. With all the elevated prices, how do they expect these people to get by? At the end of the day, we'd have crime rates increasing (like we don't have enough on our plates already).
You'll think the government would first invest in the construction of refineries so we can refine our own oil before removing this subsidy. One of the top countries that produces crude oil importing her fuel...

There's something you said that I don't exactly agree with "if you've been praying for Nigeria please stop...". I totally agree that it's a problem. We have been substituting prayers for action for too long and that's not right. "In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do...If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God's part" Matt 6:14,15(MSG). You know how we were told, "study as though everything depends on it and pray as though everything depends on it", I think it applies here. We should pray (and keep praying) until something happens but we make a terrible mistake when we substitute it for action!
This is why I'm glad we are out protesting and doing what ever we can to make our voices heard. Nigeria can't continue like this!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry for this long comment :(

Toinlicious said...

Good job 9ja foodie. It's just criminal! As if we need more problems in 9ja. Wicked insensitive/inconsiderate fools. Mshew.

Any1 av any idea hw to blog on bb pls? I need to put mine up too

9jaFOODie said...

Thanks for taking the time to comment everyone, we need a revolution. we have brilliant Nigerians who are capable of moving the country forward, yet we are road blocked with inefficient policies.

Ginger said...

That budget is beyond redunkulous! I'm mad and sad that i haven't seen any write up on this in our media. Have the media houses been bought over too?

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

Hi 9jafooDie,

Thank you for writing such an inspiring post, changing your title and for joining the campaign. I've been MIA as my daughter went into hospital yesterday for two ENT procedures and we were there the whole day. She is recovering at home now and will be off school for at least two weeks. I will spend some time 'recruiting' more of our beautiful bloggers and hope you can do this too. Thank you for all the good work you do in our blogging community. It is well appreciated.

I would have loved to join the protest taking place in London tomorrow but I'm unable to as I need to be at home with Tomtom. I will follow on the news and facebook.

BTW, Naija 'agents' are trying to stop our blogging campaign by putting a malware warning on some blogs. I hope it does not put people off reading our blogs. It's a false warning to deter people from reading the blog. I bypassed it and nothing happened - it's just a ruse. But of course a lot of readers won't know this. We need to get the message out there for readers to ignore the malware warning. It's an empty threat.

Looking forward to seeing how our campaign catches on. I don't use twitter but it would be nice if our GEJ subject 'trends'. I have a twitter account and maybe this is the opportunity to finally use it, lol.

chinasa said...

smh for nigeria....its so sad!
permission to use image please.

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

9jaFooDie, just a thought...could you kindly include the 'instructions' part of my post (it's also in Madame Sting's post) in your blog post for bloggers interested in joining the campaign? Thanks.

9jaFOODie said...

@Naijalines, I hope your daughter feels better soonest. Ekpele.
Malware warning? Are you serious? They must be pretty desperate, this is the age of communication, and they cannot block all outlets. Not even with all their “dictatorship” powers. I will definitely pick up the twitter campaign and get some friends to do the same. We need Linda Ikeji... lol (Connections anyone???)
I will update the post to reflect the instructions.

@Chinasa: please go ahead and use the image.

Da Injurer said...

http://gistmerchant.blogspot.com/2012/01/gej-presidential-palace-subsidy.html....

I rest my case.

janedoe83 said...

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http://foxynaijarianlady.blogspot.com/2012/01/gej-presidential-palace-subsidy-must.html

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

The protest has moved on to 'Occupy Nigeria' which includes a campaign against the removal of subsidy and other wider issues. Pls feel free to join in. Kudos to you for your work in raising awareness about the issues in our country Nigeria.

janedoe83 said...

Thanks for subbing Ms foodie,ur my 1st subscriber...U rock!!!

Stacey said...

I just shared your post via my blog...I have been looking for this. Wana do some cooking now, will read and digest it later. keep up the good job.

mstizzle said...

Late but please read http://mstizzle.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/gej-presidential-palace-subsidy-must-end-nigerian-bloggers-protest/

9jaFOODie said...

Thanks for participating everyone.

manga mboa said...

Looove Looove your blog; Now you inspire me to start mine. I am a cameroonian woman who lives in london and i love to cook african food; i am not an expert but i am doing it with passion; i hope you will visit me when my blog will be more full; now there is not too much stuff; God Bless you with your fantastic gift;

9jaFOODie said...

OMG Thanks Manga, such kind words..... Your blog is lovely. Keep up the great work.

Koye Beckley said...

This is good, I like your blog. These are lively Nigeria food recipe that is making my mouth water. Thanks.