I was jejely trying to do my blog rounds this morning (that was Sunday morning) before mass then thanks to Prism, I watched this video survey where random Nigerians where being asked about the appropriateness of a pastor owning a private jet’ and I just had to stop mid hop to write this as Prism didnt enable comments on the post. Don't blame you love.
My conclusion…’We Nigerians deserve the leadership we have’!!
Now let me tell you about a more or less popular figure. The Pope: Vicar of the Catholic Church, also the Head of government of a sovereign state…you know, Rome (not Canaan land, not Dominion City).
Prof referred me to the link (here) about the Pope’s 4 day state visit to Edinburgh 2 years ago. Yes, the news is old but I am sure the circumstances of the Pope hasn’t changed.
The Pope flew to Edinburgh in an Alitalia aircraft which was set aside from normal scheduled passenger operations because the Vatican does not own and operate a jet exclusively for the Pope’s foreign travel!!
Furthermore, the aircraft is flown by regular Alitalia pilots and cabin crew (not SS agents) and unlike Air Force One, the official aircraft of the President of the United States, the Pope’s plane is not kitted out with any special facilities such as an office or a bar. Instead, the Pontiff gets a row to himself at the front of the aircraft, with the most senior officials from the Vatican Secretariat of seated in the rows directly behind.
On his return trip from state visits, the Pope usually flies on the airline of the country he is visiting.
Remember this is a persona that will be received by heads of State and other important dignitaries.
This is a persona that tens/hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful will happily leave their work to line up the streets and wave to/at. Not because they are expecting him to wrought miracles or breakthroughs....No! just because of who he is.
Now kindly answer the following questions from Prof. Thank you!
Which do you think is the most important reason why the pope, the head of state and head of government of a sovereign state, owns NO PRIVATE JET?
A. The Vatican can't afford one.
B. Europe is in a deep financial crisis - (you remember the economic meltdown that started in 2008 and which hit every country in the world except Nigeria? Yes, that one!)
C. Vatican city residents are too poor/stingy to sow the seed of 'exclusive extra-terrestrial mobility' :)
Note: per capita income in the Vatican is about $452,784; Nigeria's per capita income is $2,748).
D. Citizens of Italy and the Vatican know what is necessary and what is not.
E. None of the above.
Thank you Prof for the link and Poll Questions.
Over to you Blogfam....