OPINION: Only the ‘Big Thieves’ Will Survive in Nigeria –Gafar Titilope @titigafar

Published:20 Dec, 2012

OPINION: Only the ‘Big Thieves’ Will Survive in Nigeria –Gafar Titilope @titigafar


Imagine a country blessed with over 50 mineral resources, with over 152 million human population, called the giant of Africa, with over 70% of green vegetation, endowed with good climatic condition, with large coastal land and strategically located international seaports and with large population of diverse hard-core professionals of international repute, still crying poverty after 52 years of independence. Something serious must be wrong.

 

The leaders who ruled such country, who led such country to a colossal retrogression are supposed to be brought out in the broad day light and be flogged good strokes of cane and be banished from all the merriments of leadership, which all of them are enjoying today. But instead of this, they are being paid some huge amount of money monthly; they are being allocated 4 exotic brand-new cars annually and also being attached with some security officers to act as guard to them and their family members.

 

I imagined a so called country, whose larger population lack access to basic social amenities, whose larger  population do not have access to good quality education, whose larger population feed less than two times daily, whose larger population sleep with one eye opened, whose larger population of youth are either unemployed or underemployed, whose larger population live in junk houses and under the bridges in the cities, whose larger population have no access to quality health services and facilities, whose larger population live on less than $1 daily, whose larger population are idle, unproductive and get involved in one crime or the other on daily basis.

 

Then what does such country have to show for independence after 51 years of democracy?

 

Today, we only read of Nigeria’s growth and development on pages of newspaper, without it adding #1:00 to the pocket of the larger population. Billions of naira is being spent on education, but we still see many schools around without lockers and chairs and even many of the schools are without roof. Billions of dollars are being spent on health, but the average man cannot buy a sachet of drug to cure their ailment. Hospitals now turn to morgues, where patients go and return no more. Billions of naira is being spent on road construction, but the roads are still the normal death traps they used to be, sending many family breadwinners to early grave and putting the lives of their family members in disarray. More and more armoured vehicles are bought for the police, but the robbers, assailant and kidnappers are still at prowl, robbing homes, banks and offices as if the police were dead. Policy and policies are being implemented but it never make Nigeria self reliant in food production, instead bags of rice are still being smuggled into the country from Cotonou. Bills and laws are being passed and enacted, but it never stopped the graduates from roaming up and down the street searching for jobs and survival. Corruption and embezzlement keep rising, EFCC and ICPC keep barking but we have not seen good number of people that have been bitten.

 

So should we be celebrating 51 years of democracy or colonization?

 

In Nigeria today, only the politicians, who I call “big thieves” can survive. They are the big thieves because, the person who steal #50,000:00 with a gun can easily be caught and be killed, but thieves who use pen to steal billions of naira are never caught nor convicted. Instead, they are celebrated and awarded with titles and honours in their town, mosques, and churches and even in the country’s ivory towers.

 

Only these big thieves can survive in this country, because they have got the money to seek medical attention in India, while the poor are left to rot away in the country’s so called hospitals.

 

Only the big thieves can survive in this country, because they have got the money to send their children to UK for good education in the top ranked universities, while the children of the poor are left to go to the bottom ranked universities in the world.

 

Only the big thieves can survive in this country, because they have got the money to buy bullet-proof cars, while the poor have no kobo to buy a good dog to protect their own house.

Only the big thieves can survive in this country, because they have got the money to buy a plot of land for #20 million in Lagos and Abuja, while the farmers cannot afford to buy an acre of land for #1 million.

 

Only the big thieves can survive in this country, because they have got the money to buy justice, the hope of the common man, while the poor does not have money to hire lawyer to speak for him even when his fundamental human right is being infringed.

 

Only the big thieves can survive in this country, because they have got the money to campaign, buy and win election, while the children of the poor are being hired as political thugs to help cause problem during such elections.

 

Only the big thieves can survive in this country, because they have got the money to enslave the poor man in their own country, giving them peanuts as salary after serving them for a whole month in their private companies.

 

Only the big thieves can survive in this country, because they have got the connection to help their children secure job in blue-chip companies, while the children of the poor, who graduated from the university are being given “keke NAPEP” branded the Nigerian colour all in the name of poverty alleviation.

 

So what is the hope of the poor man, in a “real” poor country, termed to be rich, given poor education, with poor health facilities, poor infrastructure, poor leadership, poor policy implementation, poor security of lives and property?….POVERTY, FRUSTRATION AND DEATH.

 

WHO SHALL SAVE THIS COUNTRY?

 

 

– Gafar Titilope

Follow on twitter: @titigafar

  • @xahido

    Study as shown dat stealing with pen is more effective and efficient that using arms and ammunition that’s d hobby of our so called leaders. They are on d mission of milking d treasury dry finish d national cake and kill d golden goose. God should help d citizen in the quest for justice and sweep all greedy and callous leaders away.

Related Posts

Recent Posts

President Buhari calls for peaceful elections in Rivers State.

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for peaceful and orderly conduct in the federal and state legislative rerun elections in Rivers State tomorrow.   The president urges all political parties, their candidates, other stakeholders and the people of the state to ensure that the polls are conducted without rigging, violence and intimidation of opponents and electoral officials.   President Buhari reminds politicians and their supporters in Rivers State to put the higher interest of the people of the state in mind, as they go...

Zaria massacre: U.S. demands action on white paper; wants soldiers punished

The United States Government on Friday called on the Nigerian Government to expedite action on the recommendation of the White Paper on last year’s killings in Zaria, Kaduna State. John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson of the Bureau of Public Affairs, said the U.S. government fully agreed with the White Paper’s recommendations that those involved in the killings be punished. “On Dec. 5th, the Kaduna State Government in Nigeria issued a long-awaited White Paper on clashes last year that resulted...

Parents in panic as YABATECH Undergraduate Goes Missing.

An undergraduate of the Yaba College of Technology, Emmanuel Kolade, is said to be missing. Emmanuel, who is studying Computer Engineering at the school, left his parents’ home on Awolumate Street, Ajuwon, Ogun State, on November 11. His whereabouts had remained unknown since then. The 32-year-old man was a part-time student of YABATECH and also worked in Computer Village, Ikeja, where he repaired phones. His father, Mr. Adeniyi Kolade, told Punch that Emmanuel, his fifth child, left for his workplace on...

UPDATE: South Korean President, Park Geun-hye has been impeached.

South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.   After the vote, parliamentary officials hand-delivered formal documents to the presidential Blue House that stripped Park of her power and allowed the country's No. 2 official, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, to assume leadership until the Constitutional Court rules on whether Park must permanently step down. The court has up...

JUST IN: Two bomb blasts kill 10 in Madagali town market, BokoHaram blamed

Police say two explosions have ripped through a market in northeast Nigeria's Madagali town, and a survivor says they killed at least 10 people.   Boko Haram Islamic extremists are blamed for the attack Friday morning on the edge of the group's Sambisa Forest stronghold, which Nigeria's military has been bombing ahead of ground assaults.   Since the military has dislodged the extremists from towns and villages this year, the insurgents have been attacking soft targets.   Survivor Ahmadu Gulak says the two explosions struck...

Oil prices rise ahead of meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC producers

Oil prices extended gains on Friday on optimism that non-OPEC producers would agree to cut output following a cartel agreement to limit production.   The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet non-OPEC nations in Vienna on Saturday to seek their help in curbing a global supply glut.   Azerbaijan already said it would come to the Austrian capital armed with proposals for its own reduction.   Brent sweet crude for February delivery was up 17 cents at $54.06 a barrel after settling up...

Bolivian aviation official reveals Chapecoense plane crash cover-up

While the air traffic control official warned that there would not be enough fuel to reach their destination, she had no authority to stop it before it crashed in Medellin Celia Castedo, a Bolivian aviation official, has revealed that she was "harrased and pressured" into covering up the truth behind the Chapecoense airplane crash which killed 71 passengers and injured six others.   Ms Castedo told Bolivian media that she had previously warned that the plane did not have enough fuel...

Vehicle Importation Ban – Dealers plead for review.

Car dealers in Kano have appealed to the Federal Government to review the law banning the importation of used cars into the country through its land borders. Alhaji Sani Yaro, a prominent dealer of used cars at Olu Obasanjo Way in Kano, said that even before the ban, they were struggling to save the business. He explained that it was indeed a government policy that brought about the ban, yet they urged the Federal Government to think of their plight...

My husband shaved my hair for rituals, wife tells court

A Customary Court in Mapo, Ibadan, on Friday dissolved the five-year-old marriage between Mr Olumide Asogbon and her wife, Idowu, a mother of two, over threat to her life. Idowu had told the court that her husband was threatening her life by shaving some portions of her hair and using it for spiritual purposes. She also alleged that Asogbon claimed that she infected him with HIV/AIDS and gonorrhoea. The President of the court, Mr Ademola Odunade, held that Idowu and Olumide...

Ghana opposition leader wins presidential election, radio stations say.

Ghana's main opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won the west African country's presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, two influential private radio stations said on Friday. In his first comment since the election, Mahama said on Twitter on Friday he would wait for official results, in a seemingly softer tone from Thursday when a senior member of his National Democratic Congress (NDC)camp said Mahama was ahead. "Let's allow EC (Electoral Commission) to carry out its constitutional mandate....

Indonesian soldier found alive two weeks after helicopter crash

A soldier has been found alive two weeks after an Indonesian army helicopter he was travelling in crashed, killing three people, the military said on Friday. The helicopter went down in a ravine in northern Indonesia on Nov. 24 while carrying supplies to military posts near the border with Malaysia. Armed forces spokesman Brig.-Gen. Sabrar Fadhilah said Second Lt. Yohannes Saputra was found on Thursday in a nearby village with injuries to his arms, waist and legs. “He was extremely weak...

Iwobi Needs To Score More Goals – Ian Wright

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has advised Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi to step and improve on his goal sense and  score goals on a more regular basis. Iwobi scored his first goal of the season for Arsenal in their 4-1 win against Basel in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match-day 6 tie. The 20-year-old got Arsenal's fourth after Lucas Perez had scored a hat-trick. Last season, he scored two goals after breaking into Arsenal's first team. Speaking on BT Sport, Wright said: “That’s...

Wizkid Cancels his Homecoming Concert

Wizkid is heartbroken! He has released a statement that states he has cancelled all his shows scheduled to hold this December and January 2017 because his doctors have advised him to. Wizkid said he has been on the road touring and doing what he loves for two years non stop and now, it's all catching up on him. You recall Wizkid was to host his homecoming concert at the end of the year in Lagos, a concert he promised...

Funke Akindele signs endorsement deal with fashion outfit

The contemporary Afro-European label, Ayo Van Elmar has unveiled celebrated Nigerian actress Funke Akindele as their new face. Speaking about the brand Funke Akindele said, “I am delighted to be the face of Ayo Van Elmar, an aspiring global fashion brand with international standard. It’s great relief for me in particular knowing that I can patronize our made in Nigeria fashion pieces and still look classy’’. Highlighting the rationale behind the arrangement, Ayo Elizabeth Olaogun, the Creative Director of Ayo...

Ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki calls for accelerated hearing of his trial

The former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki has called on the Supreme Court to accelerate his trial. According to Vanguard, Dasuki also said he had earlier lodged two appeals against his continued detention. In a letter to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, the ex-NSA, through his lawyer, J.B. Daudu (SAN), asks the apex court to quickly determine his appeals.   An excerpt of the letter reads: “The same government having breached his right to fair trial by...

BREAKING: Cross River gov, Ayade, wins at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed Prof. Ben Ayade  of the Peoples Democratic Party as the governor of Cross River state.   Joe Agi, also of the PDP, had asked the court to sack Ayade over false declaration of age but the apex court justices held that Agi could not prove the allegation against the governor. Details Later…

Nigerian Air Force Promotes 78 Senior Officers

The Air Force Council has approved the promotion of 78 senior officers to the next higher ranks in the Nigerian Air Force. The promotions comprise 14 Air Vice Marshals, 19 Air Commodores and 45 Group Captains. Those promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal include the Air Component Commander OPERATION DELTA SAFE, Paul Dimfwina; Commander Presidential Air Fleet, Saddiq Kaita; Director of Legal Services at the Defence Headquarters, Mahmoud Ahmed; Chief of Accounts and Budget at Headquarters Nigerian Air...

73-year old Mick Jagger welcomes 8th child with his 29-year old girlfriend

A rep for Jagger released a statement confirming the birth of the rocker's son. The rep said: “Melanie Hamrick and Mick Jagger’s son was born today in New York and they are both delighted”.“Mick was at the hospital for the arrival.” The rep added that both Hamrick, who is more than 40 years Jagger’s junior, and the baby are “doing well,”   The rep added: “We request that the media respect their privacy at this time.”   The couple began dating in 2014, after his...

Mercy Akide-Udoh: My kids will never play for Nigeria

Former Super Falcons striker, Mercy Akide-Udoh, has said her children will never play for Nigeria, as long as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) continues to treat players poorly. Akide-Udoh emerged the first ever African Women Footballer of the Year in 2001 and was named in the FIFA World All-Star in 2004. The 41-year-old was reacting to the face-off between the current Falcons squad and the NFF over unpaid bonuses and allowances despite winning the 2016 African Women Cup of...

Super Falcons: SERAP Drags FG, NFF to UN

A human rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has petitioned the UN Working Group on the issues of discrimination against women in law and in practice. He, therefore, requested the body to use its mandate and position to urgently order the Nigerian government and the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, to clear the allowances of Super Falcons. In the petition dated December 7 2016, and signed by SERAP’s executive director, Adetokumbo Mumuni, the group pointed out that it was...

Police Arrest Five for Circulating Fake US Dollars, Euro

The Police in Enugu have arrested five suspects, including a female juju priestess, for printing and circulating fake U.S. dollars and for swindling unsuspecting members of the public. The Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu on Friday that the police operatives in Emene Division caught two of the suspects – Emeka Udebusor and Erick Ekete, both of Nchantancha Nike community -suspects following a tip off on December 4. He...