Investigate Our Money-Eating Snakes, Abati Begs US Agency

Investigate Our Money-Eating Snakes, Abati Begs US Agency

Chidozie Ogbonnaya with agency report

Former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the last administration, Reuben Abati has written an open letter to the National Geographic, asking the US-based magazine to investigate money-eating snakes in Nigeria after a sales clerk told auditors a snake had eaten 36m naira ($100,000; £72,250).

The sales clerk’s bosses dismissed the claim and suspended her.

But the snake alibi has caught the imagination of the country and this letter is the latest example of a Nigerian making fun of the excuse.

In the letter published by ThisDay, Abati tells National Geographic that “here in Nigeria, we now seem to have a variety of snakes that are attracted by the smell of raw cash”.

He asks the magazine to send its “experts and investigators [who] can deploy the tools of science and investigative journalism to seek out these snakes and catch them in action”.

He goes on to write:

Right now in Nigeria, we are preparing for a general election scheduled for 2019. We need information and knowledge because if the Makurdi snake gets away with the N36 million, the same snake and its family could return in 2019 to swallow ballot boxes and papers and thus compromise Nigerian democracy.”

Culled from BBC

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