Sunday, 10 September 2017

“I Pray Nigeria's Oil Dries Up So We Can Start Using Our Brains” - Governor El Rufai

According to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, he has started praying for Nigeria’s oil to dry up so we can start using our brains since the wealth from oil has been a major hindrance to innovation. The governor stated this while speaking in Ibadan yesterday, at the 2017 Town Hall Meeting/Founder’s Day celebration, in memory of renowned economist, Professior Ojetunji Aboyade, where he said that when the oil wells dry up, the government and people will become serious about developing the country.

In his word, he said;

“Because Nigeria gets easy money from oil, the nation has lost its thinking initiative on how to develop other sources of revenue and diversify the economy.

“We get easy money, we do not collect taxes and our taxes are six per cent of Gross Domestic Product; that is an average of 21per cent. We stop respecting the intellectuals that we have in our universities because we get easy money.

“This is very sad, I wish the oil will dry up so that we can begin to use our brains because we have stopped using our brains and we have stopped respecting intellects because of easy money.”