Lunatic’s Pad: Headline Men By Dum Syl Aminikpo

By Ikenga Chronicles November 17, 2016

Yesterday, I shared a piece published by Ikenga Chronicles on Dasuki’s death. 

Few minutes after I did that, an unknown number called me. The anger was visible in the voice as he berated the presidency. 

‘Dum, this Buhari is wicked, heartless and unforgiving. I knew he would kill Dasuki. I was sure from the first day he was arrested that he would die. Chai! This Buhari eh!

I was confused. Didn’t know how and from where he got the news. So I simply asked; ‘when did Dasuki die please?’

‘Ah, are you asking me? I read it on your wall. You shared it’. 

I tried to talk to him, explaining that the dead was the father, not the former National Security Adviser, but he wasn’t listening anymore. He has not taken time to read even the first paragraph of the post. 

Headline men don’t read beyond the first sentence. It goes beyond reading to our everyday life. It affects our psyche. It determines our decisions. Decisions influenced entirely by peripheral thought form.

That’s why the Federal Government, in a bid to diversify the economy, took to searching for oil in the north. Headline mentality. 

That’s why the Federal Government, in a bid to strengthen the Naira went to the parallel market and started arresting Currency exchange operators for charging higher than expected. Odd, isn’t it. A purely capitalist sector gets forced to keep to certain levels of profit. 

And the worst point of headline thinking, the proposed law to criminalize keeping foreign currency beyond a particular time. A government wants to determine how her citizens save money. How long did it take Buratai to save the cash he used in acquiring estates in Dubai?

To the state level. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has taken to this path too with almost complete reliance on tax as source of revenue for the state. It’s so pathetic that when company executives visit him, all he wants is a list of expatriates working with them so he could tax them. Poor headline thinking. 

They control most of the public sector now. So when next you see such poor decision, relax brother. Don’t go far looking for why such happened. The headline men have taken over. 

  • Dum Syl Aminikpo tweets with @dumsyl 
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