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Nigeria’s Giving Away Obama-Phones For Votes

From BBC News:

Nigeria: ANPP anger over free phone plan for farmers

8 January 2013

A Nigerian opposition party has condemned a government scheme to give 10 million mobile phones for free to farmers. All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) General Secretary Tijani Tumsa said the plan was a "mischievous vote-catching exercise" for the 2015 elections.

Can Obama sue the Nigerian government for plagiarizing one of his brilliant campaign ideas?

Last week, the agriculture minister said the phones would help farmers "drive an agriculture revolution"

He probably meant to say ‘a green revolution.’ That kind of talk always works for Obama.

Akinwumi Adesina said their purchase would be financed through a tax. He denied reports that the government had already set aside $400 million to buy the phones.

Mr Tumsa told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme the scheme was a ploy by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to "connect" with voters in rural areas in the build-up to elections.

He said he doubted the plan would boost the farming sector.

But it might boost the ‘voting sector.’

"Our goal is to empower every farmer. No farmer will be left behind," Mr Adesina said in a statement.

"We will reach them in their local languages and use mobile phones to trigger an information revolution which will drive an agricultural revolution."

He said five million of the 10 million phones would be given to women.

Nigeria must have as many black women farmers as we have in the US after the Pigford lawsuits. But women vote too, you know.

A government agency, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), would help finance the scheme through a tax, he said.

That sounds strangely familiar, too.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Nigeria’s Giving Away Obama-Phones For Votes”

  1. Common denominator is the root word Niger




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