Frolic Of Their Own By Hannatu Musawa

Hannatu Musawa
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Hannatu Musawa

In the eyes of the law, an employer is generally ‘vicariously liable’ for the unintentional tort of his agents. However, when that agent makes a departure from the service of which he was employed or acts on his own and for his own benefit, the law considers him to be on a ‘frolic of his own’. In such an instance, the law relieves the employer of vicarious liability, which is usually assessed through the doctrine of ‘respondeat superior’ for torts committed by the agent.

To constitute a frolic, the activity of the agent must be unrelated to the employer's business. However, in order for liability to be absolved, the agent must be engaged in a frolic, and not simply a detour. For example, when Nigerian governors take breaks during council meetings to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games or to watch some of the events on television, they have merely taken a detour from their primary role as agents of the state and thus are not personally liable.

Contrariwise, if the same governors decided to take an entourage in order to travel all the way to London in a jamboree of sorts to watch and enjoy the Olympic Games, that governor’s actions have constituted a frolic, and his actions occurred in furtherance of an act wholly separate from his employ. That frolic becomes all the more grave when the governors are supposed to be managing states that are chaotically in the middle of ravaging floods and threats of sectarian violence.

Following the pronouncement of the federal government last week that there would be no government official delegation to the 2012 Olympics, it was surprising to see Governors Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa accompanied by some of their officials, family members and associates in the middle of the celebrations and festivities that marked the opening of the Games in London. Either the Federal government forgot to pass to Governors Ajimobi and Yakowa the memo that there was no room for a jamboree which had been the usual practice in the past where officials with little to do at sporting events are dispatched, or the governors just had a strong craving to eat fish and chips in London.

Whatever the desire that drove the governors to go for the Olympics, unless they were part of the limited Nigerian Olympic Committee delegation sent to support the Nigerian Olympic team, no serious minded government official at the national or state level should have considered it fit to waste public funds and venture out to attend the Olympics. Instead, they should have sat down at home to attend to their duties in their states and the plethora of obstacles that is burying Nigeria.

When one compares the attitude of these governors and other Nigerian government officials with their counterparts in other areas of the world, it’s not hard to see the kind of work ethic we have which is responsible for the regressive nature of our evolution as a nation. When the UK government Minister, the Business Secretary and potential Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Vince Cable was asked by reporters last week why he was not attending the Olympics, he replied that he couldn’t go for the ceremonies because of the work and duties that required his attention in his office. One can only imagine that every one of government officials, their wives, children and cousins would have probably taken a leave to abandon their duty posts in order to stay at the stadium had Nigeria the opportunity to host such an international event.

Of course, nobody is denying the fact that every Nigerian, that can afford to do so, has a right to go and watch the Olympics in their private capacity. But when the vast majority of the Nigerian population are wallowing in poverty and unemployment because the past and present governments have paid a deaf ear to their cries, it becomes irresponsible and insensitive for state and federal officials to jet out on such a shindig. Olympics or not, government officials should stay at home and put more effort in trying to improve people’s welfare by addressing the security threat, poverty and creating jobs and wealth.

It is even more demeaning that the governors can venture out on such a mindless and sinful wingding and attach to it the bogey of investment in light of the scarcity of funds. In a statement issued by the governor of Kaduna’s aid, it was revealed that Governor Yakowa went for the Games in order to honor an invitation to attend the opening ceremonies and also follow up on investment opportunities. The governor’s aid would have best been advised to tell the likely tall tale of the governor honoring an official invitation to the opening ceremonies to the bell-boy; because word is that nobody, not even Michelle Obama, was given an official invitation to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics. With the exception of those that were given an official duty during the ceremony such as UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, Ex Beatles, Paul McCartney and Boxing hero, Mohammed Ali, no one was given an official invitation to attend the opening ceremony of the games; Not Governor Yakowa, not his aides, not his family and certainly not his friends.  

In regards to the explanation given by the advisor that the governor was further travelling to London in order to follow up on investment opportunities, the advisor himself should have advised Governor Yakowa to delay his investment opportunity trip to London till a more appropriate time when there would be no major national distractions such as the Olympic Games.

Better still, the advisor should have queried and informed the public whether the money that the governor and his entourage spend to go to the invitation-investment-Olympics trip was budgeted for. If it wasn’t, the advisor should be advised that extra-budgetary spending for this kind of venture is a breach of the constitution.

It is uncharitable for the governor or any of his aids to put out that the governor went to the UK for potential investment at the backdrop of a state where sectarian and religious skirmish is very palpable. How could he go on an audacious adventure in this period of serious chaos and confusion? Kaduna at present is a state where people are existing under an atmosphere of fear and suspicion; it’s a state that requires the 24 hour attention of its governor. In view of these crises, it is understandable for people to be upset at the fact that their governor is frolicking in London.

If the governors or any of their counterparts wanted to go for the Olympics, they have the option of taking their annual leave and spending their personal money to enjoy the Games. A governor travelling with a hoard of family, friends and associates to attend the games seems nothing more than cronyism that thrives in Nigeria.

This clear case of frolic yet again brings us face to face with the leadership crisis Nigeria continues to struggle with. We have now been muddling through a series of predicaments for nearly six decades. The causes are well-known; inept governments with unfocused leadership, no articulated vision, and an underachieving and over-politicized people at the helm of our affairs. This cocktail of problems is topped by an apathetic government motivated by the short-term interests of ‘me, myself and I’, rather than the long-term stabilization of the country and the respective states.

Time will tell whether there will be a backlash for the Nigerian officials who have taken detours from the service of which they were employed by the electorate. Whether there is a backlash or not, the real legacy of the Olympic Games for the globetrotting government officials might not be the heroic efforts of Team Nigeria’s basketball team, the valiant achievement of Chika Chukwumerije or the potential of our greatest rising star, Blessing Okagbare, but the fact that they dishonoured their States and travelled for the Olympics, not for the betterment of their people, but on an erroneous frolic of their own.
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Of Religion and Politics

I just wanted to take time out to comment on how much I enjoyed this piece. Thank you, Hannatu.

Also, I want everyone to know that my view, and the views of many other Christians are not really represented in the above comments before mine. I believe that regardless of anyone's religion, we should all have a spirit of oneness when it comes to our country. We need to look at our differences as strengths, not stumps. We need to team up not just for ourselves, but for those unborn.

Please, look past the papery membranes of religion and politics. They weren't established to impede us. They were established to IMPROVE us.

Robot

You are not a humanbeing

FROLICS IN POWER

A BRIGHT & INTELEGENT LADY IS TELLING OUR LEADERS WHAT THEY DONT KNOW:THAT THEY ARE NON CHALLANTS TO THE YEARNINGS & ASPIRATIONS OF THEIR FOLLOWERS & SOME DUMB HEADS HERE(courtesy of SR)ARE ATTACHING THE USUAL NIGERIA POLITICAL,ETHNO-RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS TO IT.THEY PISSED ME OFF;IDIOTS!& LEST I FORGET,WHO TOLD EVELYN OPUTU THAT PEOPLE THAT CAME FOR OLYMPICS ARE BUSINESS INVESTORS?LET HER TEL THE GOVT SHE SERVE CREATE AN ENABLING BUSINESS ENVIROMENT HERE TRU HER BOI & SHE WIL SAVE HERSELF THE HASSLES OF GLOBE TROTTLING LOOKING LOOKNG FOR INVESTORS:THEY WOULD NATURALLY FIND THEIR WAYS HERE.BY THE WAY HOW MANY BILLGATES OR DANGOTES WERE THERE?

Hannatu got it wrong again!!

I think u shld take time and read @OC's comment. In true federalism the gubnor does not take other from the president on how to run his/her state. I ve written here severally that u shld stop selling catholicism to the pope.start preparing ur peoples mind for 2015 and y dey must vote right.meanwhile, prior to that u ve to find a way to over turn ur 19gubnors position on the amendment of the constitution.
Finally,u must start applauding GEJ's effort to rid the northern states of uneducate almajiris and support throw this medium or any other his plans for reform. If not,my sister u just dey put water for inside basket o. Na market wan press una so

How many Islamic countrries

How many Islamic countrries from the Middle East, and the Gulf region were there at the olympic? She is just here to express the views held by Boko haram. Was America not at war with the Taliban and on the econmomic front at home before their first lady Michel Obama jetted out to london to support the USA team? If the wife of the president of Nigeria had attended the OLympics games in London, the entire country would have been set on fire by Bakare, Buhari and tinubu-all they want is for the oil revenue from the SS be used for the benefit of their thieving relations in the fuel subsidy scam-the tripod has stolen more from the oil resources of the niger delta people than any other area in 9ja. These are all part of the boko haramic ideas buharis daughter is trying to impose on us-via her watery articles. How does the travel of a governor to the olympic disrupt government activities-would she say the same thing if they had gone on lesser hajj to Mecca with our oil money?

@ Hannatu, guess what?

I like this one. If you keep writing this way, I think I can hook you up with guess who? sultanaofsokoto.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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@mathelize ignorant people like you, grew up with religious, tribal and political bigotry in their mines, i that is why you will never know about advanced islamic sophisticated technological countries like iran.

Why are we blinded by the politicians

It is so sad that nigerians that claim to b educated will b making these kind of comments in this forum. It only shows how deeply divided we are. I know some are sponsored by these politicians to write thier piece as it concerns them. However, we should not forget we are only doing ourselves. They have nothing to lose as they have no feelings for us. Remember most people voted bcos they were given money, as such u cannot question the politicisns. However, it is time we woke up. Wake up youth of Nigeria. The time is now. Weldone Hannatu. We r proud of u. Ride on.

Hausa/Foolani Olympians

Any hausa/foolanis representing Naija in the olympics field events? Don't they have anything meaningful to contribute, apart from reading, reciting the koran and killling innocent people?

|'m yet to see a technologically advanced islamic state. I think Islam should embrace modernity.

Olusegun Olaleye

The Challenge of Leadership (2)

For them, leadership is about come and chop, like one of the Ministers from my area was said to have told Uncle Bola (Chief Bola Ige). Hanney, I have told you why I want us to meet. We are the ones that can change Nigeria. Just like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa, Aminu Kano came back from the diaspora to effect change, we in the diaspora today have to start a movement to bury the vestiges of corruption brought about by Babangida, Abacha, Obasanjo and the others who have ruled and ruined Nigeria. We need brains like you (devoid of bigotry) that together we can chart a new course. We have to leave our comfort zones. Abandon the comforts of life, so that the future generation can remember us for the sweat, blood and tears that will build a new Nigeria.
Hannatu, you fire me up. Keep the articles coming!

The Challenge of Leadership (1)

Hannatu, thank you for this. I will start by saying that I read your piece on your campaign travails (The Time of my Life). It was an interesting read into the dynamics of politics, campaigns and elective office seeking. I see you care about people. Despite the fact that you are obviously more comfortable and better situated in life, you care about the existence of your fellow human being. That is the essence of politics. My leader and hero - Chief Obafemi Awolowo called Politics the Art of Selfless Service. Just like your own pedigree and involvement with Aminu Kano (Sarki Talakawa- the leader of the masses) through the PRP. Do you know that the greatest Literary Intellectuals in Nigeria - Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Bala Usman were all in PRP of Aminu Kano?
What do we have today, Hanney. People who are to comfortable to care. People who have absolutely no idea what it is to provide for the common citizenry.

The Challenge of Leadership (1)

Hannatu, thank you for this. I will start by saying that I read your piece on your campaign travails (The Time of my Life). It was an interesting read into the dynamics of politics, campaigns and elective office seeking. I see you care about people. Despite the fact that you are obviously more comfortable and better situated in life, you care about the existence of your fellow human being. That is the essence of politics. My leader and hero - Chief Obafemi Awolowo called Politics the Art of Selfless Service. Just like your own pedigree and involvement with Aminu Kano (Sarki Talakawa- the leader of the masses) through the PRP. Do you know that the greatest Literary Intellectuals in Nigeria - Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Bala Usman were all in PRP of Aminu Kano?
What do we have today, Hanney. People who are to comfortable to care. People who have absolutely no idea what it is to provide for the common citizenry.

Rag tag head

Hannatu Musawa take the stupid rag on head off before you can talk to us, you this boko girl

@Hannatu Musawa - Lack of understanding of Federalism -3

My response is by no means an endorsement of the 'frolicking' of the Governors in the UK.

My initial take, like you, was to query why they chose the period of the Olympics to all gather in the UK. But then again, why not? Even though it is the wrong time to seek investors for their States, but then again, what is wrong with utilising the convergence of diverse people in London during the Olympics to woo investors, including Nigerians, to return home to invest?

However, I think the Governors are putting the cart before the horse, as security, electricity, water & good roads are minimum prerequisites for investment.

Hanatu , Islam and Hijab

@udam. U a pure fanatic. Why is it dat Christians never see anything gud about muslims and Islam? Even in d bible says women should cover their heads. That is why Mary and nuns sisters cover their heads but hypocrites like u would never see anything wrong with dat bcos they are chritians. Boko haram are not muslims bcos the holy quran forbids us from killing pple. Tell ur pope and reverend sisters to remove his cap and their hijab respectively b4 u ask Hanatu to remove her own. For ur information , Gov. Ajimobi is a Muslim bcou u also criticised Hanatu for her logic comment about Gov Yakowa who is a christian. U a pure fanatic who would never see any gud in others.

@Udam; @ Sultan of Sokoto.

Lol! Guys, I echo your sentiments- verbatim! Regardless, the authoress is on-point with the basic issue; this was a frolic, religion aside.

Peace to all!!

Hanney Love, lead the revolution, remove the hijab first. Write.

Hanney Loooove, I may have to stop reading your article since you have refused to remove the log in your eyes so as to see the speck in others' eyes. You still refuse to remove the hijab, why? In today's world where people, including women, may even want to develop four eyes, (two in front, two at the back), for survival, you are blurring your only two eyes with hijab, because a mere mortal (man)like you, said that you should partly cover yourself up, else, another man might develop amoral interest in you. Doesn't that sound stupid to you? Are you not in control of yourself? Please use your pen to lead the revolution for Nigeria's Muslim women that are in bondage like you to be liberated. The Quaran was not handed to Mohammed in Kano. Islamic extremism is getting to intolerable level in northern Nigeria.

@Hannatu Musawa - Lack of understanding of Federalism -2

(Contd)
In a Federalism, the center or the President does not DICTATE or PASS MEMO TO THE STATES OR LOCAL GOVTS TO FOLLOW.

This has always been the problem with most Nigerians and our practice of Democracy, while, in actual fact, we are still under the spell of the Military, that commanded from the Center or Abuja.

In a Federalism, the Governors do not take orders from Jonathan. They were not elected by him and so he cannot give them orders to obey. Until we recognise this basic principles, we would always get it wrong and blame the Governors for the ills of the President and vice vasa.

Must everything be borne out

Must everything be borne out of religion? This is a good piece written by the author and here you are talking about religion. I'm from the south south and clearly there is no religious undertone to this article. Just a well meaning Nigerian voicing her displeasure at our so called elected official thieves.

Hannatu, try to cut article length

But you are still a very good writer.

@Hannatu Musawa - Lack of understanding of Federalism

RE "Following the pronouncement of the federal government last week that there would be no government official delegation to the 2012 Olympics...Either the Federal government forgot to pass to Governors Ajimobi and Yakowa the memo that there was no room for a jamboree which had been the usual practice in the past where officials with little to do at sporting events are dispatched, or the governors just had a strong craving to eat fish and chips in London."

The above quote gave you away as lacking sufficient understanding of the meaning and workings of Federalism (as opposed to UNITARY SYSTEM of Govt OR 'MILITOCRACY').

she should at least realise

she should at least realise that she cannot attract the attention of nigerians without she delving or beaming her fulani search light on boko haram. That is our concern for now-not stories on oliver travels or alaja travels all over the world.

This woman is gradually

This woman is gradually becoming a bore

How many Islamic countrries

How many Islamic countrries from the Middle East, and the Gulf region were there at the olympic? She is just here to express the views held by Boko haram. Was America not at war with the Taliban and on the econmomic front at home before their first lady Michel Obama jetted out to london to support the USA team? If the wife of the president of Nigeria had attended the OLympics games in London, the entire country would have been set on fire by Bakare, Buhari and tinubu-all they want is for the oil revenue from the SS be used for the benefit of their thieving relations in the fuel subsidy scam-the tripod has stolen more from the oil resources of the niger delta people than any other area in 9ja. These are all part of the boko haramic ideas buharis daughter is trying to impose on us-via her watery articles. How does the travel of a governor to the olympic disrupt government activities-would she say the same thing if they had gone on lesser hajj to Mecca with our oil money?

nice point

u a valid point,i have always liked ur write ups.keep the flag flying.it's only in Nigeria that leaders behave as they like.God help and bless Nigeria

The fools southern

The fools southern christians! Why are u so narrow-minded, stupid & most of you bunch of educated-illiterates with a polluted mind? What she said has nothing to do with religion or region, rather embezzlement of public funds. You & I are the ones at the receivin end of it, she only write out of concern. Had it been Yakowa is a southern governor you will only criticise her piece on regional base which is your normal phenomena. Now, it has taken a different dimension 'religious background'. What are you people fighting for?

Where are they off to?

I want to believe that they were on a frolic and not a detour,for which they have to face the electorates,and provide answers to their questions.

hi honey, can i catch a date?

hi honey, can i catch a date? u look so delicious and appertising, not to mention cozy n cool! hala me o

@udam

Shutup good for nothing. MuMU

photoshop hannatu

Hannatu, yes the governors were wrong. Cheers for highlighting this, I will humbly go further to ask your take on boko, sharia esp. under age girls marriages and the boko governors up north yearly trips to Mecca. Feed me up on these, will you? Patiently waiting for a reply. Cheers and once more CHEERS! Hope you oblige me?

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