Outlaw practice of giving titles to public officials whilst in office The practice of giving [traditional] titles to public officials whilst in office should be outlawed Nigerians are serial title hunters and often pay handsomely to acquire them. And the titles are “sold” by traditional rulers all over the country. Newly elected and appointed officials increase demand for titles. Consequently, new titles are created to meet rising demand, and brown envelops and promises are exchanged for such titles. But more than brown envelope, projects are promised and located to areas that make no economic sense—usually at the expense of location with much better comparative advantage. The selling and buying of titles under the table should be outlawed, and I would propose that no politicians or public officials be allowed to receive traditional titles whilst in office and not before five years after leaving office. The five-year lapse should test the patience of the parties in the transaction and any attempt to circumvent my proposed law. Any arrangement would be no more than a promise by one Nigerian to another in five years when the recipient is out of power. And out of power is no power to enforce any “ungentlemanly agreement.” The effect would be to reduce the Nigerian “Big man” appetite for titles—it is vanity to long for something you cannot have. Also, our politicians and public officials frequently travel abroad to receive awards; my proposal will allow them to receive commendations but prohibit them from receiving any title abroad. One could have exempted proper traditional rulers[to be] who are in public service, but no! Traditional rulers[to be] must keep away from public office. They must choose between service to their subjects or service to all Nigerians. A public official who wants to become a traditional ruler must first resign before accepting the calling. However, such person may be allowed to return to public office after five years starting from the date the title is conferred. This is not a panacea; it is a proposal to close one small leak in a pipe with many leaks. And it is only about one leak and not all leaks imaginable.