Nigerians can be very cruel if you happen to be a ‘serial’ beneficiary of the government who doubles as the numero uno richest black billionaire on the planet.
That was exactly what happened as Twitter had a field day roasting Dangote and making fun of him after a certain Bae Lewis from Atlanta exposed her affairs with the number one money bag in Africa. Ms. Lewis, who broke the news on her Instagram page at the stroke of midnight, has grown by over 13,000 followers and counting. I’m one of them!
Bae Lewis stated on her Instagram page, “I dated the richest black man in the world. He broke my heart into 1000 pieces. I learned more from him than any person I’ve ever met. Communicating with a billionaire daily makes you see the world differently.”
The following day, another lady (@allrounda1) who bears the name Courtney, released a video alleging that she had a relationship with Dangote. The video, which showed the lady and Mr. Dangote on a couch having a good time, has since gone viral on social media, with many people battling their disbelief of seeing Dangote’s buttocks exposed in the video. She also posted pictures of Aliko Dangote alighting from a luxury plane in a private hanger, but later deleted them, after she was bombarded with requests from bloggers to comment further on her affairs with Africa’s richest man.
Why Are Nigerians Making Fun Of Dangote?
To most Nigerians, the government doesn’t exist for them except for the privileged few. You see, in Nigeria, there is something fundamentally wrong with government-citizen relations. There is a pure government-versus-citizen apathy.
Nigerians believe that gargantuan money bags like Aliko Dangote make their billions by conniving with every successive government. It is no news that Dangote has a monopoly over sugar and cement. But the common man will ask you, “so why the heck are these commodities so expensive?”
At least 86 million people live in extreme poverty in Nigeria. The country’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is said to earn 8,000 times more each day than a poor compatriot would spend on their basic needs in a year.
Today, the Dangote Group is a multi trillion-naira conglomerate with many of its operations in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, and Togo. Dangote has expanded to cover food processing, cement manufacturing, and freight. He is also into communications and his current pet project is the establishment of the largest refinery in Africa known as the Dangote Refinery. With all these huge successes and the fact that this man is the number one richest black man in the universe, most common Nigerians doubt whether any change will come in terms of the perennial issues with the cost and availability of fuel in a country that is the largest exporter of crude oil in Africa.
When you talk of prices of basic commodities controlled by the Dangote group: cement, sugar, salt, flour, and rice, they are exorbitant. Aliko Dangote could have been a hero if these commodities were very affordable for the common masses, but he prefers the accolade of the richest black dude in the universe to the detriment of millions of Nigerians living in penury.
The Dangote Refinery promises to employ around 70,000 Nigerians. But compare this figure to 39.14 million unemployed Nigerians. Wouldn’t you say that this is still a drop in the ocean?
Nigerians don’t see Dangote as a messiah. Though they know that he is a shrewd businessman, Nigerians just can’t see how a Dangote Refinery would solve the perennial issues of pricing and occasional scarcity of refined petroleum products in Nigeria, a country deemed as the most populous black country in the world and within OPEC, is ranked as eighth in terms of daily oil production and oil reserves.
On one hand, the country has 4 dead refineries. On the hand, Aliko Dangote is pumping billions of dollars into the creation of a private refinery. It is glaring why Aliko Dangote, like other government beneficiaries, are taken by the citizens to be one big bad joke.
I recall how Nigerians made fun of President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan. The jokes have become less healthy for President Buhari especially after the infamous #EndSars saga which the Nigerian government, till now, in terms of public relations, hasn’t recovered from.
According to a tweet from popular Nigerian musician, Simi, “How can a government be so wrong that most of the people are mentally exhausted and tired of being Nigerians? There is no value system. Hardly anyone to fight for the little guy. Only people that like to talk about what they want to do. Talk is dirt cheap.”
“I don’t talk about politics much, but it’s heartbreaking to see how broken many of us are. I used to fight people for talking down on Nigeria. But there’s hardly any basis for that fight anymore. We deserve better.”
As long as the Nigerian government in this modern era can’t provide stable electricity, potable clean drinking water, decent accommodation, quality education, affordable health, and adequate security for the common masses who are supposed to be on the same pedestal as citizens in the USA, UAE, UK and Saudi Arabia, then our country will continue to be one big, bad, sick joke.