ON­LINE RE­AC­TIONS De­val­u­a­tion of the naira – A poke in the eye

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This is a more char­i­ta­ble cri­tique of my Emir’s po­si­tion which has sadly at­tracted rude com­ments from some who do not ap­pear to know the dif­fer­ence be­tween their right hand from their left and who feel they have a score to set­tle with the Emir.

I would humbly re­mind the Emir, as this writer al­luded, that such ad­vice is best ten­dered in pri­vate (sadaqa ra­sul­lul­lah, sal­lal­lahu alaihi wa sal­lam) even if only to save us from the em­bar­rass­ment of hav­ing our learned Emir and the hun­dreds of years of schol­ar­ship, roy­alty and other cher­ished qual­i­ties he em­bod­ies ridiculed. I re­mind the eru­dite scholar Emir also that many Nige­ri­ans, at least those who com­ment in the me­dia, do not re­spect any­thing but based on de­sires and in­stincts. He must safe­guard our her­itage with all at his dis­posal. Gadon Dabo has ex­act­ing stan­dards.



Any­time you hear the IMF and other in­sti­tu­tions ad­vis­ing you to do some­thing, watch it! For cer­tainly, that thing will kill you. Thank you for show­ing us that what we al­ready have in our pock­ets is what we are look­ing for in dis­tant lands. De­val­u­a­tion will only de­stroy Nige­ria com­pletely! Elegba kolo­gab34@ya­hoo.com

I can’t agree with every­thing you say but you write well! Fo­lake Vaughn folavaughn@ya­hoo.com

It’s not even pa­tri­o­tism. Most Nige­ri­ans want a strong Naira be­cause it makes it eas­ier to im­port con­sumer goods rather than pro­duce such goods.

The de­mand for a strong naira is an ex­pres­sion of the char­ac­ter of the av­er­age Nige­rian - lazy, greedy, en­vi­ous, un­will­ing to un­der­take hard men­tal or phys­i­cal la­bor un­less it ab­so­lutely can’t be avoided..... and a be­lief in mir­a­cles and easy so­lu­tions. That is the kind of peo­ple that have been cre­ated by the mon­strous en­tity called Nige­ria.

Fuel im­por­ta­tion is the worst and heav­i­est bur­den on the na­tional fi­nances, bal­ance of pay­ments and Forex re­serves. The APC & NLC led the cam­paign against the de­ci­sion by Pres­i­dent Jonathan to abol­ish fuel sub­si­dies in Jan­uary 2012. It may have been for po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency, but the peo­ple of Nige­ria were sus­cep­ti­ble to such in­cite­ment pre­cisely be­cause of the char­ac­ter­is­tics I listed above.

It’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing 8 years. Nige­ri­ans will soon start har­vest­ing the bit­ter seeds they’ve planted in the last few years. Wil­liam Nor­ris Wil­liam_Nor­ris@aol.com

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