by Tola Adenle in another Fly-on-the-Wall commentary
“The people running things. CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, IMF boss Christine Lagarde (centre) and Nigeria’s Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Nigeria…” –
Linda Ikeji’s of her eponymous blog wrote of the picture below. For full copy, check out http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/
Thanks, Ms. Ikeji. I like the full description you gave this gem of a picture.
However, skeptics like me “who do not want Iweala as Finance Minister” knew it the moment the IMF’s boss, Ms. Lagarde appeared in Nigeria in December that Nigerians’ fate was sealed but not even the worst hater of the President would imagine that another human being would wake Nigerians up to a Day of Infamy on New Year’s day. The callousness and insensitivity of it are beyond words.
I recommend http://emotanafricana.com/2011/05/09/the-general-shows-civvies-how-its-done/ - my first Fly-on-the-Wall Commentary for this Blog – to readers who are new here or who have not yet read it before checking out my write-up below for above revealing picture.
Ms. Lagarde: Chuckling, you have no choice. Mr. Sanusi knows what we are talking about and agrees. Ngozi will work on plugging the wastage loopholes he harps on so much.
Mallam Sanusi: Dr. Iweala, where is Ms. Madueke; she’s supposed to be here?
Economy Czarina: Mr. President says there’s no need. Christine could have faxed the price to fix but you know … We cannot develop cold feet now, Mallam.
Mallam Sanusi: Cold feet? I have my integrity to protect even though removal is the only way to go but how are we sure the returns would be ploughed into development of the country? People do not trust government …
Ms. Lagarde: More chuckling …
E-Czarina: Say something, Christine.
Ms. Lagarde: N200 per liter!
E-Czarina: No, Christine, no … Please … How about N120?
[E-Czarina’s cell phone rings; she glanced at it and jabbed the green button seemingly in anger.]
Yes, Dieziani. Yeah … Okay, Okay. Too low? Okay … I’ll tell Christine it’s N140. Thanks.
[Lamely] Christine, it’s N140.
Her Imperial Majesty, Ms. Christine Lagarde: [ Stood up in anger, gathered her belongings and took two steps towards the door, then stopped dead]: N141 per liter – AND THAT’S FINAL. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a plane to catch. Greece beckons. By the way, Ngozi, it must be announced January 1.
E-Czarina: Beneath her breath … Chineke! [Oh my God]. Why did I get myself into all these?