There I was perusing the World Wide Web as usual when I stumbled upon this latest gaff by CBN President, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. He said, “You have to fire half of the civil service because the revenue of the government is supposed to be for 167 million Nigerians. Any society where government spends 70 per cent of its revenue on its civil service has a problem. It is unsustainable.”
See, I want to get where he’s coming from, and I want to believe that what he was really trying to say is that certain civil service workers and certain civil service duties are not needed, and are therefore a waste of the nation’s money. But I don’t know for sure that this is what he meant.
Nigeria’s unemployment rate as of January of this year was almost 25%. Twenty-five flipping percent! That means a quarter of the nation is unemployed. What kind of progress can we make when a quarter of us have no income? But the statistics is even much worse for the youth. 56% of the Nigerian youth is unemployed; 9% is underemployed, and only 35% is employed.
Considering all this, we have a man – the President of Central Bank Nigeria – going around and suggesting that 50% of the civil servants should be fired. And does he really think that Nigeria’s problem is those civil servants he wants to fire? Is he aware – of course, he has to be – about how much the public officials are stealing everyday? Should we talk about the fact that we import everything? Or that we produce gas but barely have it? Or that our teachers and policemen barely get paid? Or that our education is piss poor? Or that there is absolutely no law and order in Nigeria? Where do we start?
May we start by firing you first, Sir?