The retired partners of KPMG who are still awaiting their gratuity and pension delivered a masterstroke by hiring Grant Advertising Nigeria to launch it as the latest entrant into global advertising.
The timing was most propitious and auspicious– at the 48th Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimboda’s conference in Abuja. “XKPMG” painted the town red – the likes of which had never been witnessed by the sleepy town where, according to the explorers Dr. David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley, the civil servants and politicians go to bed at 1 am and wake up at 1 am the following day!
Regardless, all over town were intimidating billboards with shimmering neon lights.
As we weaved our way into town from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, we were confronted with a giant statute of the Nobel Laureate professor Wole Soyinka with a cryptic message.
“The Man Died”
What followed in quick succession were the following billboards:
Edward Kallon(United Nations Resident Coordinator):
“The government must seriously look into circumstances leading into bloody communal clashes which have become too common (like a recurring decimal).
The United Nations appeals to all stakeholders to (immediately) commence processes which would amicably address their underlying causes and bring the perpetrators to account.”
“I Didn’t Kill My Wife, I Only Slapped Her”
Professor Olabode Lucas/ “Washington Post” newspaper
“Democracy Dies In Darkness”
Richtopia (Digital Magazine)
“Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group is the sixth most charitable person in the world, after:
- Warren Buffet (Chairman& CEO, Berkshire Hathaway)
- Bill Gates (Co-founder of Microsoft)
- K. Rowling (not J.K. Randle!!) Author of the Harry Potter books.
- Oprah Winfrey (Media Executive/Talk show Host)
- Elon Musk (Founder, Space X&CEO Tesla Inc.)
Tony Elumelu (Chairman, United Bank for Africa)
“Zimboda’s Economy Is Heading In The Right Direction”
Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie
“We are in danger today because politics is separated from morality. Instead of working for the common good our politicians, with very few exceptions are working for their selfish interests. Their primary objective is how to get into power and how to remain in power. This kind of politics is a breach of security and an impediment to development.
When politicians divorce politics from morality, it would be irresponsible on the part of religious and traditional leaders who ought to be custodians of values to leave politicians to set this country ablaze.”
His Royal Highness Oba Babatunde Ajayi, FCA (The Akarigbo of Remoland)
“My Reign Will Be Development-Driven”
Godwin Emefiele (Governor of The Central Bank)
“Forex Restriction On 41 Items Saved Zimboda’sEconomy”
Olusegun Adeniyi (Chairman, Editorial Board of “ThisDay” newspaper
“The conflicts in Kaduna, like in several other theatres across the country, have become pervasive principally as a result of the politicisation of accumulated grievances. To put the brakes on the violence there is the need to checkmate all appeals to hate and guilt by association. At the end of the day, all contending parties must come to the sober realization that they have nothing to gain and so much to lose under a state of perpetual hostility and enmity. In many of the communities where you have the kind of violence being witnessed in Kaduna, the local economy has crashed while the poverty and deprivation that such state of affairs breeds are in themselves a serious threat to national security.
Indeed, if there is anything that the Kaduna tragedy teaches it is that the government, at all levels, must begin to invest heavily in education and other initiatives that will create economic and employment opportunities for our teeming youths. Kaduna is populated mostly by young people and it is from this group that the entrepreneurs of violence mobilise their army of killers.
“I have returned full-time and I am coming home and I will bring hell with me. The Army of the zoo killed my dog Jack and a few other people in my compound.”
Alhaji Femi Okunnu, SAN (former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing)
“We need to return to 1963 Constitution to get it right. We don’t have leadership with patriotism; we don’t have patriots at the helm of affairs; we don’t have those who are patriots. We lack that sort of leadership. There are good ones among them but they are very few. We don’t have people who are patriotic enough, who have the love of the country and who have a mission to create an economically strong country to lead this nation. We need a country or leadership which will have the feel of the people of this country, a leader who will understand the people of this country, who will understand what people want. We don’t have them. We have people who are interested in how much they can steal from the public pockets or exchequer. They are more interested in how much money they can rake out legitimately or illegitimately. That is our biggest problem.”
“Daily Trust” newspaper
“If a donkey kicks you and you kick back, you are both donkeys.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
“My administration will continue to fight corruption. For this administration, fighting corruption is non-negotiable. It is a must. We must fight corruption frontally, because it is one of the reasons we got elected. We campaigned on three fundamental issues:
- Reviving the economy and
- The fight against corruption
We cannot afford to let our people down.”
The Olu of Owu, Oba AdegboyegaDosunmu
“I call for peaceful co-existence amongst all Zimbodians, irrespective of tribe or creed, as peace and unity are key ingredients for progress in any community.”
Bashorun J.K. Randle