Mad Politics and The Nigerian House of Thieves

Adeola Aderounmu

There was a serious fight in the Nigerian House of Representatives yesterday. The fight was about some 9 billion naira which some members like Bankole may have misappropriated. Bankole is the speaker of the house.

I am not going to discuss about the money per se since I don’t know if the allegations are true or false. I will discuss what I know.

I don’t know how easy it will be to find a Nigerian politician who is not a thief. What has actually separated Nigerian politicians ideologically is “how much they are able to steal”.

Nigerian Politicians as exemplified by this useless people in the house of representatives / assembly are mostly interested in the amount of money that they take home everyday.

These useless people fighting over money are the most paid politicians in the history of man. They sit down every other day talking rubbish and doing nothing, yet they go home with unbelievable sums of money at the end of their seat-warming sessions.

Since 1999 when Obasanjo was president, in how many ways have the actions and activities of the members of the house of assembly improved the lots of Nigerians? How have these spoilt and famous thieves contributed to the education, health and social well being of Nigerians?

Yet they still have the guts to openly display their madness and ineptitudes. They did that right in the presence of young school children who are visiting to observe proceedings in the house. Just imagine the legacy they are trying to pass on to the next generation!

I am so ashamed of these sets of Nigerians who exchange blows in the house of assembly simply because some members have stolen more money than them. Is this a case of bad riddance to good rubbish?

How are we going to solve our national problems when the people who are supposed to be lawmakers are fighting over the amount of money that they have been able or not able to steal?

Dimeji Bankole became the speaker when Bunmi Etteh was accused of stealing. But Dimeji is alleged to have stolen more money that Bunmi. Infact there are insinuations that Dimeji is likely the biggest thief in Nigerian politics today! If there is any iota of truth in these allegations, Dimeji then has turned out to be a disgrace to my generation.

The issues are not so simple. Nigerian politics is a disaster. In my book, the entrapment of a nation, I stated that Nigerian politics is a tragedy of modern era. It is so bad and so sad that it has now become a serious embarrassment to the black race. The conclusion is that Africans cannot successfully rule themselves or that the attempts by Africans to rule themselves have resulted to extreme failures-poverty, diseases, environmental disasters among many other man-made disasters.

Nigeria as represented by our politicians is a disgrace to all of us. We have failed to have decent elections and we have continued to breed thugs and nonentities as politicians. It is an hallmark of national failure. We don’t agree that Nigeria is a failed country but it is as a matter of fact.

And just wait. Mr. Jonathan is planning to spend 10 billion naira on October 1st 2010 to celebrate 50th anniversary of Nigeria. Again, wait. What is Nigeria celebrating? 50 years of failure? 50 years of internal slavery? Are we celebrating our short life expectancy, closed schools, bad roads, complete lack of electricity?

Nigerian politicians are fools! Big fools!

10 billion naira???

9 billion tore the house of thieves apart and 10 billion naira on celebration of failures!

I don’t know how the rest of you are thinking but from my point of view, that suggestion of 10 billion is insane and only an insane person can plan to celebrate his or her failures.

What about using half of that money to fix LUTH? What about using the other half to acquire cancer testing machine instead of these thoughtless politicians going abroad to do a test?

Our politicians are like aliens. They are probably not living among us.

The problems in Nigeria are going to increase if we don’t start telling these irresponsible politicians where our shoes are pinching.

Stop that celebration now!

Plan for the election next year, make it free and fair

Give us electricity; we are tired of living in the Stone Age

Give us water, we are tired of water borne diseases and lead poisoning

Give us good schools, we can’t send our children abroad (to Ghana, UK or US)

Bring cocoa and oil palm back to the West and the Groundnut pyramids to the North

Do something about the coal in the east and the steel wasting in Ajaokuta

Stop using international collaboration to destroy the Niger Delta

Give us good roads, we are tired of loosing loved ones on the road daily

Plan our environment, we are sick of wastes and pollution

Give us good health facilities, we want to live long

Stop stealing our monies, it is our commonwealth

Count our votes, we want to be part of the change to come

Do these things and much more!

If these things are in place or in progress by the time we are 51 years as a nation, I don’t think we will worry if you decide to spend 20billion on the anniversary. For now there is nothing to celebrate.

Tears and sorrows fill the land, stop wasting our money!

Stop fighting over our money.

Shame on Nigerian politicians!

To the rest of us, we must fight for our freedom. Freedom, social justice and all the good things that come with them will not be given to us on a platter of gold.

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8 thoughts on “Mad Politics and The Nigerian House of Thieves

  1. I really love this article. Well said and well written! I hope the president and his advisers can read this. In God’s name what are we celebrating really??? Mr President pls use that 10 billion to do at least 1 good thing that’ll benefit Nigerians and then maybe next year we can actually have something to celebrate.

  2. This is one of the best written publication I have seen regarding Nigerian politics since Abacha passed.
    Kudos to the writer.
    Jonathan pls take note ESPECIALLY if you plan to run in 2011!

  3. for God sake what are they teaching our young generation in future to come? there is no any single truth in them. most especially the Bankole, nobody is above the law says the constitution. i also believe that all the house members knows the truth and time shall tell for all of them to vomit what is suppose to built the poor orphans, and widows in Nigeria. shame upon their lives and the lives of their children.

  4. The Nigerian politicians are the treat facing the independent democratic process and the rule of law .MR DEMIJI misapproprating this huge amount of money is simply an act cowardice and unbelieving looking at the circumstances that brougth him into the lime light as a speaker of the federal house of representatives. i feel ashamed whenever the isue of the nigerian polticians is to be discussed especially outside the shores of this nation, it makes me feel ashamed whether been a nigerian is a curse, they only role out programmes in other to buy the heart and mind of the people and after they end up truncating the mandate giving to them, and they people do not get to all this things untill situation blowing themselves comes which we have witnessed even during the OBASNJO’S ADMINISTRATION. PLEASE nigerians let us rse the whole of our migth and power to figth these thieves, robbers, and killers come next year election. these satanist begotted by devils must be pushed out so that recipee will be seen again every progressive nation applied this measures and it brought freedom, good governance, democratic dividence etc of which we ara witnesses. Now on costitution review can BANKOLE amend something that will incriminating him and his chilldren in possible. BUNMI ETTEH was accused and removed POOR BUNMI , OKADIGBO, NWABARA, etc they were all accused but the situation of BANKOLE IS DIFFERENT he has OBASANJO etc as a protector but GOD is watching him and his descendant. DOES it mean that nigerian decracy is a cure for 12 years we have not beenable to stabilize even water, road, electricity, health care etc and the OBASANJO’S TERMED 8 YEARS A learning process, YAR’ADUA was terminated and JONATHAN is dancing from house to house seek for favour come next year election. TODAY these armed robbers were te first to discover this treasure in nigeria but we all must now to redeem our land

  5. i love ur article . i am hoping that our politicians will read that and reflect on it.Nigeria people should also understand the moment the start getting rigid of these thief. And this election Nigeria should take their destiny on here hands. just hoping so

  6. Congratulations Adeola for your insightful article. You see, the problem with us Nigerians is not the fact that we do not know what is happening but, we all lack the WILL to take appropriate action as at when due. We are all cowards who would not want to make sacrifices to better our future and those of our children.The beggar that you see on the street begging for his livelihood, atleast, we would consider that such a deprived person would be willing to do something drastic to effect some changes to his life but a Nigerian beggar will not think about sacrificing a day off the street to act in the direction of positive change much less someone living in relative comfort. These so- call leaders lie blatantly and without scruples.Imagine OBJ coming out of prison straight to being a president and within a blink of an eye, he turns into a hydra-headed leader. Personally, I have lost all hopes in this country because, we are all deceiving ourselves and the so called leaders know this that is why they are what they are. they know that the populace is not capable of calling them to order or worse still to make a case for them to be probed and prosecuted accordingly. These thieves deserve one thing only….PUBLIC EXECUTION ; to serve as deterrent to other over zealous politicians.

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