The Rogue Ministers of Nigeria

Adeola Aderounmu

It is no longer news that Nigeria’s Aviation Minister spent a whooping N225m on the purchase of special cars that are supposed to be used for her protection.

It is a tradition in Nigeria for government officials (starting from the presidency actually) to steal and waste public funds in Nigeria.

This is a useless tradition that has been promoted in various forms and shades and which no serious minded Minister or President is willing so back-pedal on.

In various ways and by various means Ministers and presidents (past and presidents) steal, loot and embezzle public funds.

In this particular case, Nigeria is passing through strings of air crashes and mishaps, therefore it came as a rude shock that the Minister, one Stella Oduah was carrying out inflated purchases of armored cars as planes are dropping from the skies.

Just to know that the Nigerian government is among the most corrupt in the world, no one has heard any condemnation of the purchase from the presidency. It will probably not come from the man who has bought more presidential jets than any serving or former African presidents. These Nigerian rulers are all criminals and crooks.

Stella Oduah is not alone. It is just her time to be roasted. The phenomenon-of stealing or buying armored cars is a Nigerian thing. These people want to protect themselves from the people! Yes, they think that they are under threat and that their lives are at risk.

But who created the risk?

Stella may probably survive the press and other real and fake anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria. The reasons why she may survive are not far fetched. Crime in governance is an acceptable part of life in Nigeria. Most people who have plans to be part of government in Nigeria will do the same as Stella. People just think that their reason for joining government is to steal.

Many Nigerians are waiting for similar opportunities. This is the tragedy of present day Nigeria where crimes are exalted and criminals elevated.

If the current “organised-noise” around Stella results to her deployment or removal, she will probably not face criminal charges. She may even be contesting as the next vice-president in the “old” PDP in 2015. The more you steal, the more juicy you next appointment.

In the end other criminals who they call president, governors, lawmakers, legislators and Ministers will continue to steal until the next random bubble. Nigeria is no ordinary country. Truth is dead. Trust was murdered many years ago.

Very Bad Days Plague Nigeria..

By Adeola Aderounmu

A former Nigerian minister Olusegun Agagu died recently and was to be flown to Ondo State for burial. Unfortunately the Aircraft in which he was flown crashed not long after take off, there in Lagos.

More than 20 people were on the flight and some are feared dead already. May the souls of the departed rest in Peace. May those in hospital find quick healing.

There will be hundreds of theories surrounding this ill-fated flight. There will be both natural, spiritual and physical explanations.

No matter which theory is right, we all know that Nigerian roads are among the worst roads in the World and the state of Nigerian Aviation industry may also be suffering from the general decadence that is plaguing everything in Nigeria.

Some comments on the social media are indifferent to the death of Agagu and now to the death of his family members/friends of the family.

There are reasons for this line of reasoning. Nigerian politicians think about themselves and their families/friends only, so when they evil befalls them, people tend to be “happy” (unfortunately).

It is very easy to argue that the people involved in this accident and even the dead minister himself could have done something to improve the living conditions of Nigerians generally. The argument is right because one man can make a difference.

No man in Nigeria wants to make a difference, that is why even Jonathan will continue to buy presidential Aircrafts for himself instead of improving the Aviation industry. Still, no ruler in Nigerian politics has stuck his head up to say “I’ll die for the people to make sure their lives improve”.

It’s always selfishness and self-improvement. It is always me, me, me and my family.

Sadly too, Nigerian looters don’t realise that life is transient and that no one can live forever. They still loot as much as they can and are not deter by the natural law that Life terminates anyway by natural, physical or spiritual means depending on what they Believe.

May the souls of the dead find Peace. Even the students massacred in Yobe, one prays they find peace. For all the grieving families (we are all griefing one thing or the other anyway), may we find the strength to move one and may we learn to live one day at a time and to know that no matter what, nobody will leave this World alive!