Nigerian singer and songwriter, Simisola Ogunleye-Kosoko, popularly known as Simi, has expressed her disappointment with the conduct of the 2023 elections in Nigeria. Taking to her Twitter handle on Monday, the talented songstress criticized the budget allocated to the elections, stating that the funds could have been better utilized in improving the state of schools and hospitals in the country.
In her tweet, Simi bemoaned the staggering sum of 300 billion naira that was allocated to the 2023 elections, describing it as a “joke of an election”. She went on to suggest that the government could have returned the funds and focused on improving critical infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, rather than conducting what she perceived as a questionable election process.
The award-winning musician’s comments highlight the ongoing challenges facing Nigeria, particularly with regards to the state of public infrastructure. It is no secret that many Nigerian schools and hospitals are in dire need of renovation and upgrading, with inadequate facilities, poor funding, and insufficient staffing, making it challenging to provide adequate services to citizens.
Simi’s statement, therefore, speaks to the frustration of many Nigerians who believe that their government should prioritize the provision of essential services and infrastructure, rather than spending vast sums on elections that are often marred by irregularities and allegations of malpractice.
In conclusion, Simi’s call for the government to prioritize fixing schools and hospitals over election spending is a clarion call for policymakers to focus on providing essential services that will benefit the majority of Nigerians. It is hoped that her comments will serve as a wake-up call for the government to take swift action to address the challenges facing the country’s infrastructure and make a meaningful impact on the lives of its citizens.