Nigeria: Swinging Round In A Circle

In the Nigerian National House of Assembly for example, Mr. Saraki who is the head of the Senate has uncountable allegations of corruption, stealing, lying and forging on his head. But he is still the senate leader. This one classical example alone makes Nigeria a huge joke

Nigeria: Swinging Round In A Circle

 

By Adeola Aderounmu

Adeola Aderounmu

Adeola Aderounmu

Nigeria is a very funny country. Everyday everybody is complaining about everything. It is so ironic because everyone keeps doing the same thing and expecting different results. This is the country where people talk from morning to night and nothing changes.

It is the country where some of us have been writing the same thing for 15 years or more and the things we complain about do not change or move towards a better arrangement.

The most consistent complain about Nigeria is that of corruption but nobody is doing anything about it or the things that are done are half-hearted. The truth is if Nigeria is to actually fight corruption or leave corruption behind, then none of the politicians serving in Nigeria today will be in their positions in the next 24 hours.

From president Buhari to the last man in the local government, all of them will be gone. But in Nigeria, how can these men or people be replaced if everybody is already corrupt or if everybody thinks that the purpose of politics is to get rich or to steal?

In the Nigerian National House of Assembly for example, Mr. Saraki who is the head of the Senate has uncountable allegations of corruption, stealing, lying and forging on his head. But he is still the senate leader. This one classical example alone makes Nigeria a huge joke.

I mean, even for one complain, this man should be arguing his case in court as an ordinary citizen. But he has been the head of the senate for more than 2 years. Nigeria is a joke, a huge one. People are just complaining and some of us are just writing whilst the alleged criminals continue to rule. Then we say Nigeria is not getting better.

Who will make it better? Is it the people who will already know are facing criminal charges yet ruling the country? We are very funny, in a stupid way that is.

We know that some senators are former governors. They are collecting pensions from their poor states where salaries are not paid. Then they are collecting monies as senators. Nigerians are funny! Should there not be a national revolt once and for all to stand against evil and injustice?

There are uncountable examples of corruptions both official and inofficial hanging over people’s heads from the Residence to everywhere you go in Nigeria. So when people and all of us are complaining, what is the outcome we expect?

We are funny, in a stupid way. Criminals are everywhere in politics and public service. So who is complaining to who? Me, I blame the judiciary for many of these because if they can hasten for example the case of Saraki and other high profile political criminals, and sentence them to 100 years in prison, a major victory would have been won.

Imagine how great Nigeria can become in the next 24 months if every other politician that we suspect of crimes from Babangida to Tinubu to Obasanjo and all of them are brought to justice to clear their names or perhaps found guilty. But we only talk on pages of newspapers and on the social media. The police and the judiciary are incapacitated and then ordinary bloggers like us are asked to prove that these people are guilty.

We are funny, we complain and we don’t act on the things that have destroyed our existence and dignities as humans.

We are funny, in a stupid way because we tribalise corruption and protect our own whilst we suffer. We are funny because we support political parties whereas the problems are not about political parties because the criminals move from one party to another as they like. In Nigeria the political parties are not significant. The politicians are just criminals no matter where they belong.

Is anyone following the systematic genocide in Nigeria? It is going at a snail speed but it is going on. The terrorists from Northern Nigeria are now called herdsmen or foreign herdsmen. Nonsense! They have operated above the law especially since the emergence of APC with Mr. Buhari as the president.

This government is either impotent or sponsoring the fulani herdsmen because l don’t know how the group can cause so much carnage around the country and yet be invincible. Not one of them has been arrested. It must be the new way of Boko Haram in addition to the menace they continue to unleash in the North East of Nigeria.

What a change? The APC mandate is a calamity on Nigeria. The politicians change their lane from PDP to APC and continued to loot, steal and live above the law.

The ordinary citizens have given up and are now taking their lives in tens daily. Hundreds continue to die on the roads and thousands due to internal war, bad health care, diseases and malnutrition.

Are these the changes Nigeria voted for?

Even if positive changes will take a while to be felt, when do the politicians intend to stop stealing or enriching themselves?

As we speak, as we write the legislative and the executive arms continue to gulp more than 25 % of the country’s wealth. So what change did Nigerians vote for? Why can’t politicians review their salaries so that the difference is not so much from the civil service especially at a time the country is said to be in recession? What is the meaning of change to the Nigerian politician?

They are funny, in many stupid ways.

And they are not talking about restructuring the country so that the people can control their own resources? Yes, it is not the magic wave but it is the best step in the right direction. The role of the people in the future of Nigeria is very critical. They can continue to complain from now until forever. They can take their future and that of their children in their hands.

They can force crazy and corrupt politicians out of power by forming serious resistance and making concrete demands that can bring the government to a halt. In the first instance, why are criminals in the Senate allowed to seat, talk and discuss our own future?

Unless Nigerians looks inward and fish out ”innocent” people to lead the country, this mess has no end.

You know there is a joke about a guy talling his babe ” My love for you will never end, it is like corruption in Africa”. Nigeria is an epitome of that corruption.

 

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The Cost Of Freedom (Part 2)

So, for how long will Nigerians suffer? How many generations of Nigeria would it take to break this heavy yoke so that freedom can be bought at last?

We must stop this system that puts more than 25 % of the nations wealth in the pockets of the lawmakers and the executives.

The Cost Of Freedom (Part 2)

By Adeola Aderounmu

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As far as Nigeria is concern, anybody still thinking about political affiliations whilst trying to suggest the way forward or the solutions to the problems facing the country is insincere and a lover of mental slavery. Such ignorance is incurable.

Until we set our minds free, we will neither see nor comprehend the bigger images. The problems and issues facing Nigeria are boundless and the way out are definitely not within the wisdom of the politicians who are self-centered, selfish and extremely corrupt.

Majority of Nigerian politicians have no jobs or normal lives outside of politics. They have reached a terminal end for their hopes of survival. To them politics is all and everything. It is dangerous that the future of the country lies in the hands of such hopeless citizens.

Nigerian politicians, we must remind ourselves, do not have the interests of the people in their minds or hearts. They do not understand the meaning of public service. They only pretend they do intermittently perhaps to save their faces and jobs.

To them, politics is just the way to make money. It is a means to exploit the system and the rest of the population. They are possessed by evil that deafened them, such evil that continues to speak to their wicked souls that they should continue to steal and stash away money to the detriment of the general population. Nigerian politicians, through the years and by the nature of their persistent wickedness are like immortal zombies.

So, what will be the cost of freedom for Nigerians? What will be the cost of freedom for a people who have never experienced the real meaning of life? What will be the cost of redemption for a life currently lingering in absolute poverty and extreme hopelessness because of the choices of the wicked people that have ruled Nigeria?

Political power is transient even if the effects are life long as we have seen for more than 2 generations of post-independent Nigeria. It is sad and always disheartening that the statuses of poverty-stricken Nigerians is permanent. The urge to keep the status-quo is a life long mission for those who get to control Nigeria or part of it politically. Change is not imminent.

So, for how long will Nigerians suffer? How many generations of Nigeria would it take to break this heavy yoke so that freedom can be bought at last?

Nigeria needs a turning point.

APC is currently shouldering the future of Nigeria but it has not fare well. As at today we read that state governments in Nigeria are donating lands to the federal government for construction of houses. This is an abberation resulting from the faulty political system in Nigeria.

The various states in the country cannot develop without begging from the federal government. Wealth of regions are sent to the center and are partly looted and partly distributed back to the regions (states). It appears to be senseless.

Today, Lagos is at war of words with the federal government because Lagos cannot construct or build roads in Lagos state. It does not make sense. This system reduces the values of human reasoning.

APC must help Nigeria restructure and if this happens before the next general election, the future of Nigeria can be assured to be on the path to greatness again.

Indeed there are fears. There are anxieties and there are antagonists. But that which must be done, must be done. Why postpone the day of reckoning? It will come.

This unitary system must be abolished.

We know that those who have benefiited from the system are afraid of resetting Nigeria.

They will defend the status-quo and go to war if they must do. But they must be defeated so that Nigeria can be returned to the path of glory that she was on before the military coups of 1966.

We must stop this system that puts more than 25 % of the nations wealth in the pockets of the lawmakers and the executives. This system is not sustainable. It will continue to impoverish the people and it will mean an everlasting status of “underdevelop” for Nigeria for as long as the moon and the sun exist.

A few decades ago, we reached a point in Nigeria where what mattered are self-preservation, selfishness, wealth acquistion and expolitations of others and disservice to country.

We reached a point where to be corrupt and greedy became relative rather than forbidden. We reached a point and we thread further on it today that to become a politician invariably means to become a thief.

We accept that our fathers, our mothers, our sisters, our brothers, our sons and daughters can be criminals as long as they are not caught. We accept our sons as gangsters as long as they bring riches and stolen things home for our satisafaction.

We traded our lives and made inexplicable wealths the champion of our consciences. We lost the conscientious compass and allowed cruel animal instincts to dominate our judgements.

We could not find the ways back because we went too deep into anomalies. The politics was left for the politicians and we worshipped them based on how much they stole from us. We made them gods and destroyed the public institutions.

How Nigerians got to this low point will forever be a discourse of intellectual arguments. It is extremely sad and a super disgrace to the civilisation process of the African race.

It is this point of shame and disgrace that we need to depart from. The most obvious way is to reset the system and go back to regional government. It is not a magic swerve but the competitions for development between the regions will reduce corruption and promote accountability to the people. It will bring back the dignity of labour.

We cannot go on like this. If we do, many will die in abject poverty. Many more will be born into a world that knows no peace and tranquality. Several millions will live and die without any experience of joy, peace and stability. They will never know any form of quality existence and they will live in a rat race more dangerous that what it is now. The future will be bleak and the children unborn will curse the graves of the dead and fallen.

There is always a choice even if the road is hard, unpopular and uncommon. But if it will serve the common good on the long run, why not?

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