The USD$ 30+ or 20Billion, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – Okonjo Weala/Dieziani GEJ et. al is no more news. So is the Oil and Gas gate, that got some highly placed Nigerians confessing to Bribery and corrupting a National Assembly Legislator, no court judgement no white paper and all the concerns are moving about free agents in a very corrupt, immoral setting? no in an easy to forget society.
Now the US$2.1Billion Arms gate is raising more heat and courts / health pressures, why? Wind of Change? Maybe; Nigerians surprise me always.
My expectations is that our statisticians/Press/Academicians will come out and tell us in clear terms, what we lost, what we are looking for and what we as a Nation stand to gain, if we succeed, 50, 80 or 100%. SLS now Emir of Kano was quoted in a paper to saying, GEJ was loosing as much as US$1Billion monthly to corruption, was that true? Is it still happening? Nigerians need to know and the see how to fix the holes or change the baskets to containers that do not leak.
Do you know that:-
USD$2.1 Billion will amount to NGN546Billion at N260=US$1. That will be 30.333Million people’s salary on the N18,000.00 minimum wage. (Some Governors have already come out to tell the world that they cannot pay the amount).
* The total budget for all the Northern States Education is N300Billion, that means it can pay to educate the whole Northern States for one year with a change of N246Billion.
* The Nigerian Health Sector has N221.7Billion only for this year, that means it could take care of health sector and have N324.3Billion as change.
* If what SLS and Dieziani / NASS settled for was USD$20.0Billion as unaccounted for, that will be
* N5.2Trillion at the N260=USD$1
* it can give 288.9Million people’s minimum salary (that is more than the Nigeria’s population of 160Million)
* It is more than the total budget of some Countries in Africa and some developing countries.
What should amaze any sensible, responsible person, is the way and manner Nigerians carry on their business of the day, as if, it’s one of those things you know? No it is not, it is the only wahala (suffering) that right standing people suffer for keeping silent and refusing to ask for their rightful dues.
This is no PDP / APC saga, it is Nigeria. This is time to stand as one and demand answers, of the whys and how’s of not just the ones we know, but of all the others being kept from the eyes of the public.
Our Citadels and Ivory Towers need to start R&D on Nigeria’s root cause, Reductions or Removal of Temptations and Best Practices. Ways of celebrating Honesty and reward for right living or whatever can get us sane again should be looked at. The future of our nation is not good, if the media, external influence and social fora/media is all we have to raise our youth and growing children. The celebration of ills and carefree attitude to hither to obnoxious issues need a revisit.
To reduce Corruption, it start from our minds, we need to get our children, youth and growing populace to start renewing our thoughts and minds with the right things. We need to have an enabling environment that will encourage such, through the materials we read, watch and listen too. Our Home must be worked to morality stables in all the sense of it and our schools should be returned to the basics, that produced leaders in little and big ways. Our places of work should be in the fore front of best practices, top down, from resumption time to salary/promotion and file movements. Employments should return to merits and Federal Character & not sex, creed or tribe. The time when declaration of age is not monitored and you have a man / woman become 30 years three or four times in his/her civil service career life should stop. NYSC need to also look at either changing their rules or sought ways to stop the engagement of persons near 50 years as under 30s for youth corps. If an unemployed female / male member of your church or mosque brings plenty monies as tithes/offering, counsel should be given such and not celebrate same and encourage others to follow example.
What I am trying to say is, we the people of Nigeria should take our future in our hands and start from us (me & you), then get our elected leaders now that they are in office to behave as promised. That will reduce the need for EFCC tomorrow and it is better that we solve the problem before it happens. And support the Agencies of Government to correct the already wrong happenings, but in a moral responsible way and not as vendetta.
This is not just Nigeria, Africans should take their future in their hands and call their Governments to action. They need to account for Yesterday, tell us the Truth about today and consider the good of all for our tomorrow’s actions. I pray Africa, soon, very soon, look into Africa first, before thing Paris, Brussels, China, India, UK, Dubai, Saudi, Israel, Germany or America. Happy New Year, ‘which way Nigeria (Africa), Which way to go’.. (Remembering Sonny Okosun).