Who is “ordinary” in Nigeria?

Premium Times Facebook friends find a face for who the “ordinary man” is in Nigeria.

Danbaba Sutai, the governor of Taraba state who survived a plane crash in Yola responded well to local treatment; yet, he was flown to Germany for medical treatment.

If he was an “ordinary man” he would have been discharged in the Yola specialist hospital where he received medical treatment, the Adamawa Police Commissioner said shortly after visiting the governor in his hospital bed.

Many Nigerians wondered who the “ordinary man” in Nigeria is and PREMIUM TIMES sought explanations of who is “ordinary” in Nigeria from our Facebook friends.

Here are a few of the explanations we got.

Becky Nwusulor “Ordinary Nigerian is the ones who are not in power. The ones who their voices are not hard”.

Amu Adekunle “‘Ordinary Man’ ?…Those Not In Power”.

Bukar Alibe “We masses a ordinary our life is nothing in hands of 9ja leaders and their securities personnel”.

Ogunleye Olusegun “The fact that he is a governor and owns a private jet makes him extra-ordinary by Nigerian standard. But, because he could have an accident and get injured means that for all their ill-gotten wealth and prestige bequeathed by power, they are still subject to human frailties”.

Nonye Casler Eze “The Ordinary Nigerian is you and I”.

Uzuegbu Ifeanyi K “The ordinary men are the five with him who are still receiving treatment in Nigeria”.

Mohammed Raji Suleiman “It was the so called common man that found and save the life of the mighty Gov”.

Chidi Cali “A governor of state is not an ordinary man. Though that is not enough for them to ignore our local medical system”.

Habu Shinga “We the masses, that’s what he is referring to.

Which of these definitions of “ordinary Nigerian” do you agree with?

Tell us your definition of “ordinary Nigerian” in the comment box below.


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  • Innocent

    They are right. Sadly, the so called ordinary Nigerian’s are the ones whose votes and resources are used to fuel the expensive lifestyle of the “extra-ordinary” Nigerians.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    If you pay for any service you use in Nigeria, You are ordinary. If you don’t: Pop Champagne.

  • loo

    its unfortunate…………………… i wonder when this will end
    and the remaining people are in the Nigerian hospital (ordinary people)
    while the governor is flown out (extra ordinary person)
    WHAT A SHAME……..
    What if one of the ordinary people dies because of internal bleeding that our bad medical facilities can’t identify

  • Enemona

    Ordinary Nigerians are the ones who don’t have access to loot public resources. The ones that are battered as a result of the actions and inaction of the extraordinary Nigerians.