The Great question which has in all ages, has disturbed mankind and brought on them the great part of those mischiefs which have ruined cities, depopulated countries and disordered the peace of the world, has been not whether there be power in the world…but who should have it?
The Ikoyigate scandal has confirmed beyond a reasonable doubt that Nigeria is being dragged on a leash by wasteful rulers. It is a confirmation of the fact that profligacy has eaten deep into the national fabrics. It has got to the stage that our so-called leaders have lost their sense of sensitivity to the plights of the masses. They sit in their cozy apartments while the masses become destitute trying to eke out a living while doing menial jobs. The money that should be spent on building structures and put the nation in good stead is being spent in meeting the pedestrian needs of our leaders. Worse off, what should have been injected into the economy is stored up in many private vaults scattered all over the country.
Shockingly, this is one out of many. Thousands of yet-to-be discovered vaults filled with filthy lucre which has bled the national economy of its blood is a testament to how greedy some of our leaders are. It is a fact that people on the lowest rung of the economic ladder cannot have access to such amount so it is traceable to the elite and those who have access to the purse string of the national treasury who have held the national economy by the jugular. No excuse is tenable by Buhari-led administration to cover up the real owner of the slush fund. Technology has advanced beyond the rule of the thumb for any government to claim ignorance of the source of such amount. Any attempt by the government not to fish out the owners of the fund will create a smokescreen on its anti-corruption crusade. The fact that looters now bury tranches of their ill-gotten wealth in odd places shows the level of our depravity as a people. Moreover, those who belong to the ruling party should as well come under the searchlight of the anticorruption agency. The fight must not be one-sided. The government is yet to convince the populace that it is not on a witch-hunt mission against its perceived political opponents if the Sarakis and Dogaras of this world still remain on their dignified seats with trapped excrement in-between their anal orifices.
However, the amount accruable to the members of the legislative and executive arms of the government makes them the suspicious owners of the said amount. I stand to be corrected. However, how does one explain the secrecy of their allowances? It is not enough that some people have been suspended (sacked?), they should as well be prosecuted if found guilty. Otherwise, this gravy train continues. And if unchecked, the national security is threatened. This is because when corrupt and mediocre people have access to slush fund, they spend it corruptly; they buy lives and auction the consciences of the society. Now that election year is fast approaching, stockpiling of arms and ammunition by wicked politicians will now be the order of the day. And this is the more reason why the government must spread its dragnet wide without caring about whose ox is gored. This has gone beyond primordial interest. It is national interest that is at stake if such loots are not recouped. The tragedy will be cataclysmic not even with this our security agents who are poorly equipped in all areas.
Moreover, the future of the unborn generations is frivolously spent. Before the arrival of the ‘akotiletas’ (the prodigal sons and daughters) in government, the Awolowos, the Azikiwes and the Ahmadus spent the meagre resources as premiers in the regions to build men and structures. They planned ahead for the unborn generations. Many social programmes were put in place to make life abundant for Nigerians: qualified and able-bodied were gainfully employed, the youths were properly equipped through the weapon of education, and the infirm were catered for through functional health facilities. Now, right before our eyes, the national patrimony needed to develop the decayed infrastructures is being stashed away in private pockets and vaults while some of the youths have become political thugs at the whims and caprices of our political leaders. The national hospitals have become mortuaries. The roads have become death-traps. The civil servants have been turned to slaves at the mercies of the State Governors. The senior citizens go to bed on empty stomachs while the children that should be properly educated roam the streets. They roam helplessly while their mates in other organised climes are exposed to ideas that can move their countries forward. Our children are already sold to future slavery as a result of the wasteful spending of today’s political leaders. I look into the future and pity the unborn generations who might have nothing to inherit other than the accumulated debt left behind by today’s leaders which they incurred for no other reason than to whet their gluttonous appetite for insatiable greed needed to consume the national cake. They dig the graves of the unborn generations with their teeth!
They have made life to be miserable for an average Nigerian; recessionary economy without any clear-cut clue on how to come out, retrogressive educational structures and outdated curricula and archaic health facilities. The tragedy is that our leaders pretend that all is well as long as it is well with them. Nothing can be further from the truth.