A statement which I find sour, was credited to my president His Excellency GoodLuck Jonathan, from far away Gambia, to the effect that corruption is exaggerated in Nigeria and that corruption is not our main issue.
This sounds not like someone trying to save face (which I find futile as it regards this topic) but more like someone who has grossly underestimated the most basic of our problems. A problem so basic that it runs through every facet of our life. A problem so ubiquitous that several issues in our national life can be directly and indirectly traced to it.
So fresh in our memory is the current slap on the nation by the Nigerian Immigration Services and Drexel Nig Ltd in a shabby and cosmetic employment drive that led to a national disaster. If the President and his aides can not see corruption written all over this incidence then it may be time for us all to re-write the qualifications relevant for that post. This is scarcely about that incidence though.
Just a few hours ago, it was reported from our high and putrid NASS that the Minister for Petroleum Dieziani Madueke has used over #3.5 billion to charter private jets to shuttle her and her staff within the country. What I’m yet to come to terms with is the duration for which this fund covers. Is it for her entire tenure thus far? Or just for a year?
All this (even if as it stands, it is still an allegation yet to be proven) and My president thinks corruption is not an issue with us.
The dust is yet to settle on Mallam SLS’s allegations against the NNPC and my president thinks it is really nothing to worry about. The mixed facts of not knowing exactly how much the NNPC defaulted as regards the uncertainty of the whistle blower himself on the amount missing should not be a distraction. While at the same time in a recent interview in an international cable media, the minister of finance tacitly acknowledged the fact that some money is missing when she said some has been seen but that we are still tracing the others.
My President, you can’t honestly infer that the recent Abacha’s loot recovered in far away USA was a legitimate personal fund of the despot? And if it therefore is not, what else shall we blame the process that led to such a huge sum missing and finding itself in a bank vault in the state but corruption?
Just today sir, about #24 billion was reported missing from the regular pot, the Police Pension Fund yet again. A fund that has unfortunately found itself subjected to the degrading and shameful assaults of kleptomanic public officials time without number.
Mr President, I’m one of the few young Nigerians who still, against my better intuition, believe you mean well. But you may be working hard to clear our doubt, if it is to be understood that you either underrate our issues or that you don’t have a full grasp of how deep we are in this cul-de- sac.
My president, it is a long and hard job to begin to enumerate incidences of corruption both before your advent and under your watch and thankfully, that is not the reason for this epistle but to just to do a reality check on us all.
My president, here on this page and today, let it be on record that you missed the mark in far away Gambia and that even if Mugabe does not have the moral right to speak into our lives, he was not so far from the truth.
I remain your respectful citizen, the No. 1 #AngryLover of #MyCountry #Nigeria.
May God give you health and may God save #Nigeria.