Nigerian youths, our future is dying-WAKE UP!!! – Lanre Basamta
Have you read the Punch Newspapers report on the massive corruption of the Jonathan administration? Have you seen and perused the mindless graft that Goodluck and his goons have perpetuated these past 30months? Have you come across the actual article, any feature review or subject analysis of how our national ship is bleeding, and sinking away into an avoidable oblivion?
Is anyone really paying attention here? As youths, are we paying attention to the bastardization of our present and the morbid theft of our future? Ok, allow me flesh up the report for you a bit.
Remember President Jonathan and his drama press parley 2 week ago? Remember his claims that he is fighting corruption tooth and nail? Remember his assertion that political corruption and oil sector corruption are at the fore front of his governmental agenda? Well the wind has blown and the fowl’s bum is in the streets.
Truth is, president Jonathan must either be a wretched liar, an uninformed leader or a massively schizophrenic president! Or how else can anyone put in a sane context the massive looting of our resources as witnessed under the Jonathan’s administration? How can anyone justify, rationalize or explain away a government whose corruption indices trumps that of the legendary ‘Maradona’ IBB? The Punch Newspapers in their recent research found that a staggering 5 trillion Naira or $31 billion has been stolen under the stewardship of President Jonathan. Assuming that Mr. President assumed office in May 2010 – which he did; then it would mean that an unbelievable $1 billion or more like 150billion naira is stolen every month from the coffers of the Federal government of Nigeria
I don’t want to color this piece by insinuating what these massive amounts of money should have been spent on, but common, the analysis am seeing everywhere smack of sheer governmental idiocy to allow such mindless stealing go on for so long
According to Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, former Minister of the FCT, these monies would have:
- Covered the 4.8trillion naira national budget for 2012, with leftover of almost 200billion
- It surely also would have capably taken care of our national budget for 2013, with only a billion naira deficit
- The money could have built 41new refineries, one for ever state, with an additional 5 for densely populated locale like Lagos, Ibadan, Kano and Abuja
- The money could have been used to build over 36 well equipped hospital, one for each state, so that even elites like the first lady would not have to travel abroad for ‘periodic rest’ and Nigeria would have save the 450billion naira we spend travelling overseas for treatment
- That same money could have completed 60new universities in the mould of the African university of Science and Technology (AUST) Abuja to increase the quality of our education and create a better future for Nigeria and Nigerians
- The money also could have constructed 525,500km of roads all around the nation, making Nigerian the country with the best road network in Africa
Now, you will roundly agree with me that it’s crazy all this went on unhindered and somewhat aided for the last 31months. It is also crazier that President Jonathan publicly gives credence to his lame war or campaign against corruption in a way that offends every sane mind. But what I find craziest – what irks me most is the apathy of the Nigerian youth, the crass ignorance and a psychotic sense of disconnect with all that is going on.
Each and every day, I see our youth playing balls on unsafe streets, seemingly with little or no cares in the world. Every week, I see them watching premiership and champions league like it was the live transmission of national election debates, or even electoral votes and results updates. Time and time again, I follow them debate trivialities on social networks, argue childishly about tribal topics, religion or gender issues and at the same time glorifying mediocrity. I see many of them troop to churches and mosques in some synoptic maze like some shepherd-less herd. They pray like zombie zealots, steal like unrepentant idiots and seem to have fallen in love with the national rot like wretched maggots.
Yet they won’t get involved in the running of their nation. Still they wouldn’t be concerned, or worry a little about how their geriatric kleptocrats are stealing a future which they wouldn’t be part of in the first place. They wouldn’t care anymore about governance, about corruption or about holding their leaders accountable in any way. They would hopelessly look to gods for miracles, sacrifice even their blood relations for ritual, fast like desert shepherds and look to the hill for answers, when the most of solutions they seek lies between their ears.
Well people, ‘the die is cast’! If we do not rise up to this government and their treachery, there soon will be no future to look forward to! If we do not call Jonathan to order and demand accountability and fiscal responsibility, this nation-Nigeria as we now know it might just be a history for our children. If our youths do not rise up like those of the middle east that started the Arab spring, if the old, the young and the middle age do not rise up and demand the implementation of the countless reports that have indicted many-many crooks wrongly tagged as leaders, if we all with unbridled exuberance and properly channeled enthusiasm do not demand a stop to the reckless borrowing of the Jonathan Administration and ask what this ‘Bowler-hatted’ president is doing to recover the 5trillion naira bled away as looted fund.
Then, just then…
Then it might just be good to stop praying now and await Armageddon. It might just be right to stop playing church and wasting everybody’s time, as the peace and prosperity we all pray for in church will only find expression in an existing and healthy country. It might just be spot-on for our Imams to stop calling their weekly Jumat, annual Ramadan or even the holy pilgrimage, for if Nigeria fades away-as it surely is becoming, then prayers, pilgrimage or fasting would not salvage what is left
So this call is to the Nigerian youths. My call is for all and every youth to rise and simply ask Jonathan WHERE, WHAT and WHY. WHERE are all the looted funds? WHAT is happening to recover them back? And WHY has the government kept mum over this cataclysmic lunacy?
If Oga Jonathan doesn’t or wouldn’t answer these simple questions, then it is our right, even responsibilities to demand of him difficult but necessary answers. It is our right to use every fair means to cuddle, cajole or even coerce Mr. President to give answers that would calm our fears and ease our anxieties. It is our burden to bear as tomorrow’s leaders to ensure that Nigerian as a nation does not end with this generation
We must secure our future by taking care of today’s furor
Let’s wake up today and say NO to this mindlessness
And yes to governmental accountability and fiscal responsibility
My case is rested