“No, not a tourist visa,” My thoughts keep reiterating when I see posts on Facebook suggesting that our president, Buhari needs one. Our dear Bubu!

With all these bombings, exchange rate hyping themselves anyhow (imagine dollar getting to N241 ooo… my teen self would see this and probably laugh at me), fuel scarcity sharing a tiny bedroom with power failure and heat (last night, heat almost choked me on the bed), I don’t think Mr. President needs a tourist visa.

One. Or, multiple. He doesn’t need one. He needs to come home – to Nigeria.

Homecoming could be fun, you know?

I wrote this post when I was filling our generator with fuel, fuel that threatened to murder my nostrils. This generator will run its loud mouth from the time it was turned on at 9pm till 5am or 6am.

8-9 hours of noise pollution without any atom of fear because they’re empowered by politicians and businessmen who are stuck up in the traditional age thinking that, “If we ban generator sets, we’d fold up,” and not thinking, “What about alternative energy sources? Why can’t we capitalize on them even if generators are banned?” You see why I don’t like the “business man” label; call me an entrepreneur – we’re solution seeking and fun.

Aggregate the number of generators chattering like exhilarated monkeys in my neighbourhood and you’ve got a noisy generation.

Generator generation. Just because no light.

6 months ago, dollar exchanged for naira at $1:N216. Now, we’ve got $1:N241 and still predicted to rise to N250-N260, give or take.

Once upon a time, I voiced this out and some people said, “Give him time. He just came into power.” We’re at 6 months now and diving into the 7th month at full speed and our president, the GCFR is still traveling from country to country.

I don’t know what he’s doing there. It’s definitely for the good of Nigeria but when you attain a position of power – anyone at all – you should hit the ground running or flying sef and you should set priorities – A, B, C, D, all-letters-of-the-alphabet.

Ask any CEO taking the wheels of a company going into a state of insolvency or crash. Just ask and come back with your findings – facts and not politricks you’ve always got up your sleeves.

Priorities matter a lot. A freaking very lot. If the priority at this point isn’t to heal the country from within, I don’t know what is.

“Is our salvation external?”

I don’t know. Really, my head is in a conundrum. I can’t figure.

The only thing I can figure is that Mr. President needs a Nigerian visa to come back home and stay home so that the citizens will get to feel his love. If my father was always traveling and not home, he knows what I’d have done to him, so…

Written by Okwukwe

Writer + Entrepreneur + Designer + Creative Artist + Tech Lover + Firework Lover + Travel Freak + Retired Economist (’08-’12) = Okwukwe


  1. AKTIVEIYKE November 30, 2015 at 11:34 am Reply

    I put the below lines down with the chorus that “CHANGE is nigh”. I believe in Nigeria on a condition contingent on our efforts.


    Our resources they siphoned
    To corruption we are prone

    Running our government like lotto
    Embezzlement by them no doubt becomes pronto
    From constructively criticizing them, the feeble stay away
    Taking the bull by the horn, the courageous say no way

    Watching people
    Counting pebbles
    I tend to lose hope
    Feeling like I can’t cope

    At a time I asked
    Is it in our nature
    To forever be under pressure?

    To the problems we need to pay attention
    Because once in a lifetime, it is our nation
    The high and mighty has to cease oppression
    Before advising the terrorists to cease operation

    With your selfless cooperation
    We can make Nigeria a greater nation

    By AktiveIyke

    • Okwukwe December 17, 2015 at 10:49 am Reply

      I love your poem, Iyke. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Michael Solomon Okon. November 28, 2015 at 8:34 am Reply

    This article pours out the heart of every Nigerian, APC and their so called change, of course we have seen changes in fuel prices and exchange rates if you know what I mean. Just saying.

    • Okwukwe November 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm Reply

      Lol, I feel the sarcasm you laced your comment with. I see changes, too. 🙁

  3. Michael Solomon Okon. November 28, 2015 at 8:27 am Reply

    The same subject was trending in an argument yesterday and I really have not seen much of Bubu at all this year, let us see what next year will look like.

    • Okwukwe November 28, 2015 at 2:20 pm Reply

      Let’s hope 2016 will be well-informed for him because this isn’t the way to go – globe-trotting ish. Imagine. 😮

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