Lunatic’s Pad: Recession Is Just A Word — Dum Syl Aminikpo

By Ikenga Chronicles September 2, 2016

It isn’t news anymore. We are in recession!

‘It isn’t news anymore’ usually ends with a big ‘hurrah!’, but it isn’t the same this time. It is the teary introduction to the depressive days that might come unless something really revolutionary is done.

But the government saddled with the responsibility of dictating where we go seems reluctant or simply at a loss as to how to steer this turbulent ship to safer tides.

In times like this, some leaders will mount the podium and address the nation on what’s happening, measures being put in place, and how things will bounce back soon.  The intent will be to restore confidence, to make you look beyond the present pain, and see a future of prosperity. You find consolation, take solace in such speeches, and strive, no matter the odds, bearing in mind that it’s all temporary.

But here, an information minister makes so much effort trying to hammer the names of those responsible for your pain into your skull, and a finance minister proudly tells you ‘recession is just a word’.

But a carton of noodles has gone from 1,300 to 1,900. Overnight, the cost of a bag of cement has risen from 1,400 to 2,400. I can’t doubt the minister, who, based on unwritten research carried out by her ardent believers, is the best thing that has happened to Nigeria since jollof rice and fried plantain formed that inseparable alliance.

Recession might be just a word, but that must be some weighty word.

Or is it just me having issues with how the complicated process called governance works, and is therefore unable to understand that things are actually getting better by getting worse?

*Mr Aminikpo is on Twitter as @dumsyl

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