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emj
Mar 15, 2009, 03:32 AM
http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2009/mar/15/national-15-03-2009-01.htm :source

Expensive beasts!
Nasarawa budgets N18m for Gov's lions
By Kenny Ashaka, Abuja
Sunday, March 15, 2009
•Gov's lion


Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu has left office as the immediate past governor of Nasarawa State but two lions he bought for security at the Lafia Government House continue to burrow into the state's meager resources.


The incumbent administration has budgeted an annual salary of N18 million (N1.5 million per month) to take care of the ferocious creatures kept at the National Commission for Museums and Monuments in Abuja.

The lions (a male and female) are ironically said to be ill due to lack of proper feeding and care, arising from what sources at the Commission disclosed is the concealment of the two animals' monthly budget by certain officials of the Commission.
The former governor had purchased the two lions for reasons some politicians in the state alleged were to ruffle the feathers of political opponents who will not yield to his desires.

But not buoyed by the menace of the animals, the incumbent Governor Akwe Doma was said to have ordered that they be ejected from the Government House on account of their carnivorous nature.
The ejection prompted officials in charge in Nasarawa State to enter into an agreement with the National Commission for Museum and Monuments, supervisors of zoos in the country.

According to the agreement, the state government is to pay the sum of N1.5 million monthly for the upkeep of the lions while the Commission is to provide a safe and friendly habitat for the animals as long as the state government keeps to the terms in the document.
However, few months into the deal, allegations of fraudulent diversion of the lions' monthly salary have started flying at the Commission with the government accusing certain top officials of the Commission of diverting the funds meant for the animals.

The lions are currently at the National Zoological Garden in Jos, the Plateau State capital, where reports have it that the Commission in Abuja has only been remitting a paltry N200,000 for their upkeep.
Experts at the garden in Jos, who spoke to Sunday Sun, said a lion is entitled to a meal of one goat per day.
"These animals do not feed well. We have had to skip meals to ensure that we do not ultimately run out of funds. They send only N200,000. This was not the bargain. When lions are hungry, they can do anything. We have informed Abuja about their health status," the source told Sunday Sun.
Efforts to confirm the story from the Director-General of the Commission, Dr O.J. Eborieme, proved futile as a powerful shield was built around him by the Public Relations Unit of the Commission.

Eborieme was last Wednesday said to be attending a United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) programme and the staff were not sure when he would return to the office.
A promise by Mr. Kola Sijuwade, the Commission's spokesman that Sunday Sun would be called as soon as the Director-General returned was not kept, in spite of the fact that the contact numbers were left with him.

Eborieme has just resumed from a nine-month suspension clamped on him by the former Minister of Tourism (now Labour Minister), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, following allegations of graft, high-handedness and mismanagement.
He is currently embroiled in a series of labour controversies with the local chapter of the Commission's union.

Abraxas
Mar 15, 2009, 04:21 AM
Hi, folks!

Just to demonstrate how purposeless, profligate, pedestrian, and damn bloody mindless the Nigerian political class can be:

(From nowhere, just like that), an idle state governor wakes up one crazy morning with an excruciating headache, gets this brilliant brainwave about maintaining a live LION in the hallowed grounds of the Government House, with the sole objective of imposing an avoidable liability on his hapless subjects, having to spend money direct from the state treasury to purchase, kill, and provide a GOAT to the hungry lion EVERYDAY, for the remainder of its life; a kind of self-imposed state pauperisation pet project!

Nigerian politicians: I fear una, no be small. (I'm telling yoo!)

Obrigado.

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)

omaks
Mar 15, 2009, 04:44 AM
Hi, folks!

Just to demonstrate how, purposeless, profligate, pedestrian, and damn bloody mindless the Nigerian political class can be:

(From nowhere, just like that), an idle state governor wakes up one crazy morning with an excruciating headache, gets this brilliant brainwave about maintaining a live LION in the hallowed grounds of the Government House, with the sole objective of imposing an avoidable liability on his hapless subjects, having to spend money direct from the state treasury to purchase, kill, and provide a GOAT to the hungry lion EVERYDAY, for the remainder of its life; a kind of self-imposed state pauperisation pet project!

Nigerian politicians: I fear una, no be small. (I'm telling yoo!)

Obrigado.

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)

Hello Oga Abraxas. If truth must be told, this Ex - governor has done well. It must be that in his neck - a - da - wood, such lions are 'ENDANGERED SPECIES', and the concerned ex Gov is doing his bit for their conservation. In any case, what's stopping the present incumbent from buying Llamas, Boa Constrictors and Tigers paapa to abate all enemies of his government from visiting him? This shows the type of imbecilic morons we are unfortunate to have in our corridors of power. This is typical case of serious 'Mind - fcuk' afflicting several of our political leaders.

Abraxas
Mar 15, 2009, 06:00 AM
Hello Oga Abraxas. If truth must be told, this Ex - governor has done well. It must be that in his neck - a - da - wood, such lions are 'ENDANGERED SPECIES', and the concerned ex Gov is doing his bit for their conservation. In any case, what's stopping the present incumbent from buying Llamas, Boa Constrictors and Tigers paapa to abate all enemies of his government from visiting him? This shows the type of imbecilic morons we are unfortunate to have in our corridors of power. This is typical case of serious 'Mind - fcuk' afflicting several of our political leaders.

Hi, Omakingbogun!

Endangered species, ko~o: engendered speeches, ni~i!

Muchas grcias, mi amigo

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)

emj
Mar 15, 2009, 11:44 PM
Hello Oga Abraxas. If truth must be told, this Ex - governor has done well. It must be that in his neck - a - da - wood, such lions are 'ENDANGERED SPECIES', and the concerned ex Gov is doing his bit for their conservation. In any case, what's stopping the present incumbent from buying Llamas, Boa Constrictors and Tigers paapa to abate all enemies of his government from visiting him? This shows the type of imbecilic morons we are unfortunate to have in our corridors of power. This is typical case of serious 'Mind - fcuk' afflicting several of our political leaders.

Hmmmmm......Endangered Species...dat's the business of The National Conservation Foundation...keeping those Lions was crazy.....his mates kept Peacocks.

Just as they starve Teachers by witholding their salaries(which they put in fixed deposit accts somewia).....the funds meant for these Beasts is kept in the cooler somewias.....and they are likely to make Cool-Aid from it;)