Nigeria, from criminality to sainthood

I love this my country Nigeria. Nigeria, apart from being a country with hundreds of ethnic groups, it is one country where the citizens have everything good just like America and Europe. We have model schools with the best facilities. We have the best hospitals and rail transport systems. Our roads are world class just like theirs. The only difference is that for us, everything good exists on papers and in virtual world while theirs can be seen and touched in the real world. I saw very beautiful roads and actually believed them until recently when I decided to travel by road. What we get from our leaders is the “Ebeano” style where pillars are called tunnels and smooth roads exists only on pages of newspapers and TV. Our economy keeps growing on paper and in the pockets of our leaders but never experienced by the people. Anyway, we are very close to that day!
Okay, I remember last year when I had issues with a former aviation minister who got up to criticize Jonathan and his government. I did attack him at that very conference but not because he criticized President Jonathan; my attacking him was because they all become saints once they leave office and find themselves irrelevant to a particular administration. In my words to this very aviation guy who ran the ministry with his girlfriend, we had our worst time in the sector under him and so he has no moral justification to open his mouth and criticize Jonathan.
This very guy is not alone is not alone in this. A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory has suddenly become a saint and an activist with several newspaper columns. Nigerians, how we forget so soon the atrocities of our taskmasters. The same former minister who used our money to service his youth corp girlfriend placing her on a salary above regular workers is now all over the place blabbing and we pay attention to him.
Where do we go from here? One thing these criminals know about us is that we forget so soon. They go into government and commit all sorts of atrocities. Some of them even kill our beloved ones and its surprising how soon we mingle with them and give them awards and titles. Why would they stop living the kind of life they live? Why won’t they steal when they know that it takes just a few months for us to forget it all? Why won’t they steal knowing that some hungry journalists and community heads are somewhere ready to take their money and offer them titles and awards? Why won’t they destroy our country when they are given “Man of the Year” award in exchange for some good cash?
It pains me when I watch television, listen to radio broadcasts, and read newspapers and magazines only to find these criminals talking and criticizing the present administration. Mind you; I am one hundred percent against this very corrupt government, but I am also against criminals who act to be saints just because they are not relevant now.
A former minister of finance once said it during a meeting with us that he would never have anything to do with Jonathan’s government because of high level of corruption. Just two days after that statement was made, this same man was appointed into a committee by Jonathan. Another elder statesman said it my presence in his house that he hated Jonathan and his government and will never go to him for anything. Few months later, President Jonathan was the special guest of honour at his book launch.
My people, for how long are we going to give them the chance to go on playing with us. They steal and keep them in foreign accounts. They are flown to Germany and Israel when they have headache while our parents, pregnant women and children die as a result of poor health facilities. Their children are in the best schools abroad while our own children have no table to write on.
Sadly, our traditional rulers who should protect us from them are now dining with them. They give them money and receive traditional titles from them. When it’s time for elections, they bribe them with very fat “Ghana must go” bags just for them to get us to support them. Are our religious leaders left out of this? They stand on the altar and sometimes use the sacred name of God to cajole us into voting for their paymasters.
Activists? Recently, I was even advised to register one because a particular political party is going to release money to civil societies when campaign starts heating up. I was on the verge of doing that registration before I heard that and knowing that I can only trust myself and not the person with me, I decided not to because some people in that same group may end up going to sell their conscience for money. Activism in Nigeria is one of “money for hand, back for ground”.
Fellow Nigerians, isn’t it time we stone these ones whenever they shamelessly open their mouth in public? Isn’t it time we shout them down when they try to become saints after helping to destroy our nation? Isn’t it time we force our traditional and religious leaders to have integrity? Isn’t it time we walk into those their so called conferences for the future of Nigeria and force them to pack up?
If you have been in government and can’t show me what good you did, you are one of those criminals. If you have been in government and have those foreign bank accounts, you are one of them. If you have been a health minister and could not give Nigeria good hospitals, the blood of those women and children will forever cry against your generation. If you were/are a transport minister and people die regularly on our bad roads, you won’t go free.
Police officers stand under the sun angry thereby abusing and killing innocent citizens because you, police affairs person and committee member sat on the money budgeted for their good thereby forcing them to extort the public to be able to buy their uniform, your mouth shall be filled with gravels. You, Oga Aviation; you are now a newspaper columnist, an activist, and a public speaker; how many lives were lost due to your high level of corruption? Mr. FCT minister, what about the properties you destroyed and allocated to yourself? You who wants to own Lagos to yourself, there is no peace for the wicked.
You are not a saint after all; you remain a criminal and that time is near when you shall be made to pay back all you have stolen. A new Nigeria shall come and there shall be no escape for people like you because even the very ground you walk on shall speak against you.

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