It definitely can’t be all bad news from Nigeria – kidnappings, armed robbery, corruption among politicians, 419, terrorism etc. Nigeria has had consistent party democracy for about 13 years.
But again you can’t but hiss when you analyse the 13 years. You begin to notice that it has been 13 years of high grade corruption. The total value of EFFC’s high profile cases of corruption totals 8 billion dollars. This is the amount it expects to recover from ex- and current politicians. If you add this to the petroleum importation scandal worth about 7.6 billion dollars you begin to see that its still bad news from Nigeria. The total of 15.6 billion dollars is about half of Nigeria’s annual budget.
Nigerians are losing count of the number of mind blowing acts of corruption springing up every day. The good news however is that these corrupt acts are coming to light at all. Well done EFCC, but a lot still needs to be done.
It’s sad when you watch Nigeria government officials in conferences and seminars defending crime and corruption in Nigeria simply because there are also Crimes and Corruption in other countries. Could someone please remind these officials that there is no other country any where in the world missing half of it’s GDP to rogue politicians. Moreover while police in a country like UK may be institutionary racist, Nigeria Police is institutionally corrupt.
Nigeria government officials should therefore attempt to analyse Nigeria matters in the context of Nigeria, and stop making silly excuses.
Corruption in Nigeria has reached unimaginable proportions; the country bleeds and is turning pale under the daggers and mindless greed of civilian juntas. Nigeria situation represents a remorseless desecration of decency and unconscionable display and showcase of the most selfish traits of human atavism.It is also exceeding all bounds of reason, and tests, and stretches not only the patience of Nigerians but the integrity of her roles in the world community.
According to Alex Perry (2011), “the story of Nigeria’s half century of independence is a tale of wasted potential: sub-Saharan Africa’s most popular country, home to its biggest oil riches, but impoverished by its thieving autocrats”.