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Where is our pride and integrity as Nigerians?
Almost every day the Nigerian passport is merely an object of disrespect and suspicion to Immigration officers and law enforcers all over the world. Thousands of Nigerian business men and women fail to seal international deals, Nigerian youths outside our shores are seen as fraudsters and now terrorists. Where is our pride and integrity as Nigerians?
By our policies of always putting square pegs in round holes, We started this year with a policy, subsidy removal on PMS, a policy that has been successful in other nations including our neighbour Ghana. But, the integrity of our government is so bad that the citizens have lost faith in their abilities. Protests followed in the wake of the subsidy removal as many youths took to the streets to clamor for change. What did we get? Deaths of innocent youths. Army personnel were deployed enmasse to lagos in a bid to quash innocent protests while the north where Boko Haram have wrecked havoc was left porous. Anytime the issue of corruption worldwide is talked about, Nigeria is always a case study, to draw hypothesis and make conclusions on. Why won’t we be? The Halliburton case, Ibori’s case,Governor Alameseigha’s and recently, the aruma oteh -denbe &co show are interesting for the world to see.
We have no intelligence network to effectively combat terrorism in our country yet our armies are sent on peace keeping all over the continent. Boko Haram issue, due to our government lack of purpose and direction has now become a nationwide threat, with the Christmas day bombings, pushing our sluggish government to declare a state of emergency in some states in the north. A suspect of the sect was found in a governor’s lodge in Abuja and prominent Nigerians were fingered as sponsors of the sect but as usual,the whole matter was fizzled out, showing how insincere, wicked and untrustworthy some of our leaders are. Ethnic, religious and  now political crises, kidnappings and recent death of some foreign expatriates in the country have sparked off diplomatic rows. Even South Africa has deported a lot of Nigerians this year. The president claims there is a cabal looting proceeds from oil but they have not been brought to book.
Millions of Nigerian youths take to the internet to dupe investors as a result, genuine business deals are getting impossible day by day. We give everything corrupt a funky name, making it seem natural to people. Trust is now extinct as we believe what we see. Religious and ethnic classes have to degenerate into the killing of thousands before we decide to act. Different bodies have been set up to check corruption. From War against Indiscipline and Corruption (WAIC) to Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), what has been the success story? The Justice Mustapha Akanbi’s led ICPC did virtually nothing to redeem Nigeria’s image. The corruption they wanted to eradicate eradicated them. WAIC just died as soon as it was born. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) is here. At least something happened under Nuhu Ribadu despite claims of political influences. His Succesor, Farida Waziri must also be commended for leaving behind the main corruptors in government and corporate bodies to go after the” yahoo-yahoo” boys. Now, she has made way for a new boss, Ibrahim Larmode, who is already been fingered as part of the wicked and greedy Nigerians siphoning pensioners hard-earned monies. Is it safe to say that what happened to WAIC, ICPC and even HRVIC will still happen to EFCC?
We are doing “Father Christmas” for other countries while our own country is being run aground by misadministration, bad leadership and corruption of the highest order. Yet, it’s not too late to salvage what is left of our pride and integrity. It’s not too late; our pride and integrity is at stake.
by Osagiede Nicholas
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