By all indications it seems Nigeria is doomed for good, and without necessarily being pessimistic one can conveniently conclude that there is no future for the Nigerian child.
It is a common knowledge that the state of Nigeria economy is in shambles, no thanks to those entrusted with positions of power and authority but who have found it convenient to siphon the birth-right of the Nigerian child abroad and live in opulence while the actual owners go abbeging to get one meal a day.
Recently, the fuel subsidy removal saga unveiled the canker that has eaten deep into our society. It crystallized the blatant manner with which the resources of our dear nation was being raped by the privileged few. The saga revealed a monumental corruption in government and in ‘connected’ private concerns.
A more troubling scenario was the 2012 budget proposal where almost a billion naira was set aside for ‘presidential food’ in just twelve months. This revelation and scores of others irked Nigerians as it was unbelievable that huge amounts were being squandered on frivolity where million have no basic means of livelihood.
Of course, Nigerians seem to have got acclimatised with “suffering and smiling”, as aptly put by the late music maestro Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Naturally, the government was tongue-lashed and President Jonathan promised to “unveil” and “prosecute” corrupt individuals. But, that promise seemed to have gone with the winds. To date, nobody has been prosecuted for corruption woes that bedevilled our dear nation. Rather, other unsavoury revelations of unbridled corruption and profligacy keep starring us in the face, and since the government seems incapacitated and/or afraid of prosecuting the yet to be named ‘cabal’ which the government hitherto blamed for our litany of woes, those who have made corruption there stock in trade do not relent.
On Wednesday, a House Representatives Committee quizzed the Director General of the Security and Exchange Commission, Arunma Oteh, on the downward fortunes of the stock market, a situation that has cost Nigeria and Nigerian billions of naira. During the hearing, it was revealed that Ms Oteh spent a huge N850,000 on food in one day, in violation of regulations on how much chief executives can spend. The House committee, headed by Herman Hembe, also made it known that the DG spent as much as N30 million on hotel bills accommodation in eight months.
“You stayed in a hotel for 8 months and spent over N30 million. In one day you spent N85,000 on food at the hotel; the other day you spent N850 on food…,’’ Mr. Hembe said.
The promises made by Mr. President at the height of fuel subsidy impasse convinced some Nigerians that the government may have decided to change its bad ways; that this government deserved a second chance. But that is now history. Rather than the promised cleansing, corruption continues and government do not care.
It is just logical to conclude that the government is either incapable of tackling corruption or its also culpable. And it seems corruption is a way of life in Nigeria.