I wish to congratulate Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for her service to the nation and for her resignation. Even though some of us find some of her economic and finance policies questionable, she had done well for Nigeria and being a good model for the young. When young people mention the good that is happening to Nigeria, they include her.
Her son, Uzodinma Iweala was right in his novel Beast of No Nation, wherein he describes the protagonist’s mother as “working to make the kitchen so clean that not even fruit fly is wanting to put egg inside.” At least Dr Okonjo-Iweala succeeded in largely frustrating the efforts of ‘internal’ fruit flies and locusts in thriving in her finance kitchen where Nigeria derives its food.
The narrative of her coming to serve in Abuja dovetails neatly into this folk story about a woman who rescued a dying snake from clubs and sticks and terrible blows. She pleaded for the snake, took it home, nursed it back to life, and took it for veterinary check ups. In the end the snake began biting the woman. While she was dying the woman cried: “why have you done this to me o snake? I saved you from death, I feed and protect you? Why this?” The snake replied thanking her for the meritorious service and added: “when you picked me up don’t you know I was a snake?”
The snake is an animal called man.