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
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.