Archive | September 2013

Our Culture Of Rewarding Madness In Nigeria

Nigeria is a nation where bad deeds are rewarded with applause and high praises, offences and deeds normally punishable in every other parts of the world are often treated with flagrant impunity and rewarded with jumbo contracts, amnesty or scholarships here.

A nation serious about curbing crimes and other vices will make scapegoats of anybody and everybody found wanting, anybody that violate the laws of the land whether written or otherwise. Laws are designed to maintain stability and balance in any society ergo it has to be obeyed and any society where there is a break down of law and other will be in ruins and chaos in no time

Negotiating with law breakers and criminals no matter their intent is an act any serious government should never consider, and in a situation where negotiation is the only possible option it shouldn’t be done in all sincerity because if the terms are fully implemented it will send negative signals; either portraying the administration as weak or the nation as vulnerable to any threats.

When you negotiate with the devil, you’ll always be at its mercy and the devil will always haunt you because instead of crushing it you offered peace to someone who won’t hesitate to crush you at any given opportunity.

We should ask ourselves these questions;

1. The amnesty given to the niger delta militants, did it achieve its aim?

2. Did amnesty solve or postpone the problems in Niger Delta?

3. What will happen when the payment stops?

4. For how long will Nigeria continue to pay for peace?

5. If Boko Haram accepts amnesty, will that stop another terrorist group from rising?

The main point of this article is not to discuss the issues of Boko Haram or Militants, rather it is to draw our attention to the rising culture of rewarding and applauding bad deeds in Nigeria:

The stowaway kid was recently rewarded with a scholarship, is that the right thing to do? If this kid is rewarded for exposing the lapses in our security, why should the 25year old man caught trying to do the same thing be punished? What does that say about us as a nation, if we reward the first offender but punish the 2nd offender of the same offence, where is the consistency in our justice delivery system? a nation that delivers different judgements to two people that committed same offence is seriously not consistent and shows how weak the administration of such nation is, if we don’t deliver justice the way it should be done, there will be increasing cases of law breaking and the reward given to the stowaway kid will surely send a negative message to other kids, they’ll surely grow up with the message that they can break the law and get rewarded and why not, if my mate is rewarded for acting bad why shouldn’t I receive similar reward.

In 3 years Nigerian government has amassed huge cuts on security alone and these are due to the accumulation of simple grass root crimes that were not met with swift and aberrant approach.

The continuous breakdown of law and order in this country is as a result of how we respond to crimes and until we start acting right, there might never be any reward for the huge yearly budgets on security which continuously affect other areas.

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Nigerians: APC with Caution

Blind loyalty and selective amnesia are two big problems militating against the progress of Nigeria, we accept people without questioning them and when we are forced to question we tend to (deliberately) forget the important questions about their pasts because we like and want them in a position.

There is a popular saying that “the devil you know is better than an unknown angel” this statement remained true until PDP spent 14years in power without really changing our lives or Nigeria. So its safer to say now that the unknown angel is what we really want in Nigeria, we want an escape route from the grasp of PDP and their devilish ways of administration, since the party came into power in 1999, there has not really been many changes we can point to or any policy aimed at bettering the lives of ordinary Nigerians, rather they create selfish policies to enrich themselves at the expense of ordinary Nigerians.

Many Nigerians hate the PDP with a strong passion, we want the party out by all means in 2015, the APC is the party some of us are routing for but we must be careful and “APC with caution”

Like I wrote earlier that right now we are ready to accept the unknown angels, unfortunately APC is neither unknown nor are they angels, we can refer to them as the lesser devil, not as big as the PDP but not really different because we are yet to test them with federal treasury but we know what those of them that have been tested with state treasury did and how they became more than a thousand times wealthier than they were before assuming power.

The APC is made up of politicians who have been in power before either at state or federal level, each and everyone of them with pasts not better than that of PDP members, Nigerians should not allow our hatred for the PDP blind us from the obvious, yes ACN/APC governors are trying but in a normal society and with the money they get, if we are sincere and not limit ourselves to the mentality of expecting little or nothing from elected officers, AD/AC/ACN/CPC/APC and PDP since 1999 have all performed below expectation, neither care for the poor and given the opportunity they’ve all looted, none is corruption free and have been in many controversies.

We want an end to PDP, APC seems to be the only solution presently but we can’t just accept APC because we hate PDP, we must ask them questions; how does the APC seek to be different from what we are used to? Are they only using us to get to power or it wants ordinary Nigerians in its fold? they must convince us why they deserve our votes, we need to be assured that they want to serve us not rule over us like monarchs, we need to have their words that we won’t be imposed on like it is done in Lagos, APC need to show us how they hope to fix Nigeria, they must realize that they can only change Nigeria if and only if they act differently and bring fresh ideas.

The APC can boast of having governors who are working hard to fix their different states but can they say the same about their Senators and Reps? How will the party deal with human rights / constitutional rights infringement that is gradually becoming the order in Nigeria and why none of the serving APC Senators or Reps never thought of sponsoring a bill to cut the jumbo salaries and bonuses they receive and spend the money on infrastructures.

Ousting the PDP is not enough, we can’t afford to replace bad with worse, we must “APC with caution”, we can’t afford to suffer the same fate we suffered with GEJ, APC must give us the details of how they will curb all the excesses of PDP, we don’t want then to tell us what we want to hear, we won’t fall for that again, they should tell us in details how they will turn around the fortunes of the ailing nation.

God Bless Nigeria