Big men are really big in Nigeria and being in government means spending big and being welcomed by a big huge crowd. Even small events often attract a slew of people if a big man is to attend.
Today, Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo was in Rivers State to continue the ongoing Federal Government Niger Delta dialogue and a big crowd turned out to welcome him.
His photographer Novo Lilian Isioro wrote: “Gov Wike and yet again an impressive crowd welcomes him (at) Portharcourt airport”.
Many have said that governance in Nigeria is the real problem Nigeria is facing because it is too expensive. Often, when a big man is visiting, activities in the state stop altogether. Commissioners, Special advisers and security details, everyone abandons their office long before the big man arrives and hours after he had departed.
Journalists are not left out. Often, reporters turn out to take the same pictures many many times. Editors often use just one of those pictures if not one in the morning stories.
Indeed, being big in Nigeria, is a big thing!