Assorted Nigerian Stories

April 9, 2008
  • Ibrahim Sheme posts a Kano State Censorship Board press briefing on the film industry which includes gems like:

    It is professionally a tradition and globally accepted; sensitivities are never compromised in filming projects. Currently, China is a clear testimony where a prominent production company was duly punished and suspended from further filming.

    Gentlemen of the press, I want make it categorically clear that religion, culture and public dignity cannot be compromised by any good Government in the name of economic interest persuaded by certain segment of the society, taking into cognizance the social responsibility being entrusted by our people to this administration which operates within the tenets of Shari’a legal system.

    The official guidelines for registration as a film operative are:

    A film operative must observed and respect religion, Culture and public interest.
    Female artiste, musician and lyricist must be under the care of her husband, parent or guardian (Not independent as the case may be)

    Singing and dancing has been cancelled in Hausa films.

    Producer must discourage free mingling of opposite sexes for the whole night during production

  • Not to be outdone by crazy Muslims, Anambra State outlaws encouraging the use of condoms and bans the advocacy and distribution of “un-natural” birth control to please crazy Christians. The state commissioner for health declares:

    “Instead of teaching children how to use condoms to enjoy sex they should be taught total abstinence”

    “The use of condoms has greatly encouraged immorality.”

  • This BBC story about a jailed rebel leader killing snakes in his cell and accusing the military of attempted murder sounds may be funny but anyone who has read “Bound To Violence” or who is vaguely familiar with semi-mythical historic events that inspired it would think that some traditions never die.
  • In Nigeria too, the far-left continue its tradition of vicious factionalism as the Democratic Socialist Movement-dominated branch of the Lagos State chapter of the National Conscience Party (a leftist coalition) quits to “join and actively participate in a political platform called Campaign for the Formation of a Genuine Mass Working Peoples’ Party. The “anti-masses, right-wing orientation and strangulating bureaucratic conducts of the NCP” and the historical failures of “every attempt to build a mass working peoples party on the basis of reforming capitalism, instead of a conscious strive to overthrow this unjust system” are cited as reasons for the split.
  • Via Loomnie, I learn that the minister of Commerce and Industry announced, at a meeting with the local automotive manufacturers that the ban on importing cars past a certain age will be extended to buses and trucks, to the satisfaction of the Port of Cotonou, the smugglers and the guys who know how to keep this bus on the road:

    Photo by Flickr user zouzouwizman used under a Creative Commons license

  • Perhaps out of boredom, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister advocates appealing the Bakassi judgement. His argument is weak but I guess the goal is to make Nigerians believe that he tries.
  • A deadly clash in Ota over traditional title claims and a weird quid pro quo proves that there’s nothing inherently non-violent about chieftancy politics.
  • Nigeria recently went through one of its recurrent oil shortages. An Irin report from Kano makes it seem like only the North is affected, with local officials as always blaming speculation:

    “the real problem is that IPMAN, which provides fuel to about 90 percent of filling stations in Nigeria, is hoarding fuel in anticipation of fuel price increases.”

    The head of the north-west division of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) blaming geography:

    “When it arrives at the ports [in the southern cities of Lagos and Port Harcourt] most of it is distributed nearby and very little makes it this far north.”

    While The Vanguard reports that IPMAN officially blames a N17 billion debt owe to it by the government and Aijustwannawrite explains that it’s a complicated story involving unions and ethanol content limits in cargo. And of course, the effect of price controls is ignored.

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    2 Responses to “Assorted Nigerian Stories”

    1. You seem to be making me laugh today. First your comment at Loomnie’s and now your remark about the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    2. Loomnie Says:

      Hey, didn’t know you were this interested in Nigeria!

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