Abdulrahman Abdulyekeen, Pan-African Development,Education and Advocacy Program
(PADEAP), Funtua, Katsina State, Nigeria.
In Bottom Power No 673 A.B. Assensoh went memory lane to recall some
of the abuses of power by a First Lady in Ghana some years past. To
add comic relief to the tragedy in Kenya, I believe holding some
"stupid journalists" hostage for a few hours is not as bad when
compared with the atrocities committed and still being perpetrated by
successive First Ladies in Nigeria. The following examples will
a) a one time foreign minister during a particular
military regime was reportedly slapped by a First Lady
right in her husband office,
b)a First Lady reportedly gave a oil-bloc to her hair
dresser which fetched (probably still fetching)
millions of naira to the lucky hairdresser,
c) a First Lady was in the list of those buying up the
national assets of the country through a dubious
The list is indeed endless.
The question to ask is: between holding some journalists hostage for
a few discomforting hours (bad in itself) and holding a nation in its
jugular by a few First Ladies, which is more evil?