Temie Giwa-Tubosun, the Chief Executive Officer of Life Bank Nigeria says Nigeria is consistently getting better.
LIFE BANK is a Nigerian startup focused on developing a smarter way to deliver blood to Lagos hospitals
Tubosun said this in celebration of Nigeria 59 Independence celebration on her official twitter handle.
She said, “I have lived in Nigeria for 7 years As far as I’m concerned, the country is consistently getting better! It’s still hard to live here, but it’s getting better. I don’t know where the despair comes from, the oil crash has been hard…yes, but as a whole we should be optimistic!”
I have lived in Nigeria for 7 years. As far as I’m concerned, the country is consistently getting better! It’s still hard to live here, but it’s getting better. I don’t know where the despair comes from, the oil crash has been hard…yes, but as a whole we should be optimistic!
— Temie Giwa-Tubosun (@temite) October 1, 2019
Tubosun also in a reaction to some replies to her tweet, said, “There’s LSTEF, Wecylers, LifeBank, Tradermoni, Nerc, Fatoyinbo being held to account, The new VAT being rolled back, People making govt back off on subsidy removal (even though removal would’ve been god) The train in Kaduna, the Abuja airport train, the train connecting the SW!”
“Second Niger Bridge, El Rufai and Makinde’s govt, innovation in Akwa Ibom, That office that improves business environment, LIRS and FIRS, peaceful 2 party regime change! Progess! Small but progress nevertheless! Particularly since this country has a recession just 4 years ago!”
“El Rufai stood up to Teachers Union, and cleaned up education for kids in Kaduna! This is literally progress! Real measurable change that wasn’t present 7 yrs ago! Akwa Ibom partnering with http://Hotels.ng to train young folks. GEJ’s Agric ministry had a lot of progress!”
“If we do NOT admit what is working, how will we scale them? Small progress, scaled, equals a changing country! Imagine that we gathered all great project and worked to scale them in all states in Nigeria? We will have progress!”
“Goodluck Jonathan’s Government basically created the foundation for the little energy progress we have today! This current government has refined it! That’s progress! I have used the NERC / Disco platform as a consumer for a while and believe it WORKS better than NEPA platform!”
Meanwhile, Tubosun tweet generated angry reactions from some Nigerians, who felt she was being insensitive to the plight of ordinary Nigerians.
Among those who commented is Ayo Bankole, a popular social commentator who said “It’s so important that in our attempts at optimism, we don’t become cynical and insensitive to the plight of the 87million Nigerians living in extreme poverty, the millions of others living in moderate poverty, and everyone struggling with decadence.”
“If we all both give in to despair, we’ll both leave Nigeria. That applies to everyone who can afford to leave. Good job with what you do, but there is a thin line between optimism and insensitivity in this context. Many others have encouraged optimism without denying the obvious.”
See other reactions below…
I have seen a lot of bullshit on twitter today,
But this one is number one.
A country with reduced FDI, reduced FIRS revenue, reduced investments in education and healthcare.
But aunty living in her Ivory towers says " all is well".
You nigerians stress me
— William Ukpe (@William_Ukpe) October 1, 2019
They really do stress me.
It's like strategic sabotage and betrayal.
Wherever it is she's living in Nigeria, she should wear her slippers right now and take a short walk to the community at her backyard and interact a bit. She'll be shocked to her marrow at what she'll find
— Mazi Wolfgang (@_Nwosu_) October 1, 2019
So while it is getting better for those who have enough to start businesses and employ people (glass half full), it is also getting better for those without job or money to even afford a meal per day (glass half empty). Indeed, we na we dey stress ourselves for this country 🚶🚶
— Hope Marcus Banigo (@McFanye) October 1, 2019
@temite is definitely high on something.
Things might be rosy 4 u as a person but don't extrapolate it to other Nigerians who are dying.
A cousin just left 4 Aversa,Italy & was grumbling there isn't much difference.I told her it's bcos u were living large in VI,Lagos with 24/7💡.
— Prof. Enahoro Jude (Ph.D.; affidavit) (@EnahoroJude) October 1, 2019
— Ohimai Godwin Amaize (@MrFixNigeria) October 1, 2019
Actually we SHOULD base things on data. Data allows us to measure objectively without bias. Unfortunately she has refused to share any real data. Meanwhile actual data from CBN & National Bureau of Statistics shows inflation up, unemployment up, & GDP growth down (2019 vs 2014).
— Modupe (@moviegistR) October 2, 2019
Temie, by all metrics, quantitative and qualitative,Nigeria is CONSISTENTLY getting worse.
Power supply, road network, kidnappings,literacy rate,GDP growth,human rights,mortality rate, unemployment rate.
This is very clear to millions of Nigerians. You only need to look harder.
— Adetayo (@damoche) October 1, 2019
If you dont mind here is a report by the power regulator NERC on the state of the industry.
Depressing to say the least. pic.twitter.com/TVTdJJAYfS
— Adetayo (@damoche) October 1, 2019
Millions of Nigerians face each day in fear of the unknown…from robbers to kidnappers to the security agencies who have turned the victimization of innocent and harmless citizens into a hobby and you’re here spewing total rubbish from your cursed mouth 😡
— ERRON BLACK (@didot991) October 1, 2019