Late yesterday evening, I learnt that the government had declared today- Thursday and Friday Public Holidays. I was not amused. Yes, I work and I like to get a break off work without tampering with my leave days. In fact, when I enjoy working on public holidays as the roads are free and I get paid overtime for doing my normal duties. That said, I think that it is really just ridiculous and I think a bit irresponsible to declare public holidays just for the sake of it. Already, Saturday will be an election day (Local Government and state) and we have been "advised" to stay at home from 7a.m-6p.m. I really don't mind for myself, but what about having a little respect for the economy? Other countries try as much as possible not to disrupt their economy. Besides, there are people that live on what they make every day so if for any reason they are unable to work, they may not be able to feed that day.
A friend of mine suggested that the public holiday was given to frustrate Atiku's political ambitions as the Supreme Court was supposed to pass their verdict on his case (his name was removed from the list of presidential aspirants). It is possible that the verdict passed would let him join the race again but if there are public holidays, they really can't pass a verdict and he may then not be a contender after all. I really don't know how true the story is. Whatev, it's just plain irresponsible.
Since I am on the subject of politics, let me tell you what happened yesterday. Some woman was passing out flyers and asked that during the local govt elections, I vote PDP. I pointed out to her that there hasn't been steady (actually ANY) supply of electricity since January and that for that reason, I had absolutely no incentive to vote PDP who had ruled the land for 8 years and not solved the problem. She went off again about how "my sister, you know that AC/AD has been ruling Lagos that is why..." "Why What?" I countered "There is no light in Nigeria as a whole, not just Lagos". Then she gave me the dumbest response of all "That is why you should vote us in again, so that we can continue to work on it".
I am not a big fan of politics and voting but I did tell her that based on her inane responses, I would go there that day and using tombo tombo, vote for ANY party apart from PDP. Really I won't, I just wanted her to know how unintelligent her answers were.
I can't wait for the elections to be over.