Except if Governor Ganduje of Kano state can prove he was auditioning for a Nollywood part that required him to stuff his agbada with bundles of US$100 notes, he has a lot of explaining to do. This video caught him right in the act of pocketing bundles of millions of US dollars. There is no depth to which our politicians will not sink in search of illicit wealth. In most other countries this would be cause for immediate embarrassment and tendered resignation After said resignation, he would be prosecuted. But not In Nigeria.
Nigerian officials continually accept bribes and look the other way while substandard roads and other infrastructure are built. These officials know that their colleagues will cover up for them with fake investigations and hearings. They neither return the money nor serve time in prison. If their case happens to get to court they pay off the judiciary and go scot free. That is why, year after year Nigeria remains stagnant, bagging notoriety in every category: most dangerous country on earth for a woman to give birth, poverty capital of the world, worst police force in the world and of course the indictment that explains all the preceding—high ranking in world corruption index.
There are corrupt officials in every country in the world. However, no country can make progress when it allows corruption to go unchecked. While Nigeria does not need to go to the extent of Jerry Rawlings of Ghana (he executed three former heads of state amidst others), or China (it has the death penalty for serious cases of corruption), corruption must be addressed if Nigeria is to make progress. The only regime that can bring sanity to the chaos in Nigeria is the one that can recover the stolen wealth from the past presidents and other politicians. These politicians should also be given life sentences in prison. These past and present politicians who have stolen the country’s wealth should not be regarded as big men. A thief is not a big man because a truly big man cannot be a thief. Only life-changing punishments can scare and deter the seasoned thieves that parade the corridors of power. No Nigerian regime can claim to be fighting corruption if they favor their friends, if they close their eyes to the looting in their own ranks.
The regime of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan did not fight corruption; if anything, they competed with or surpassed previous administrations in corruption. The current Buhari regime has not done anything to change the perception or the reality regarding corruption. Corruption is blossoming with impunity in his administration, right before our eyes. Whatever regime comes in next year, if we do not engage in a determined and enduring struggle against corruption, the unfortunate direction of the country will not change. The problem is not just for Nigerians living in Nigeria. For those in the diaspora, it was not the bad weather that made you leave Nigeria; it was the search for greener pastures. But one undeniable truth is that with our vast natural resources and year-long beautiful weather, a well-run Nigeria is the greenest pasture of all.
It is the corrupt officials in government that deprive the masses of their livelihood and drive the sons and daughters of Nigeria out of their homeland. Nigerians are dying in the Sahara, some in the Mediterranean; yet others are brutalized and killed in foreign lands: in South Africa, in China and in India. Whereas we should be able to enjoy our rich heritage right on our own soil, all over the world many Nigerians are suffering because of the wrong-doing of their leaders. Our children need not be strangers to their heritage. There is no level of development Nigeria cannot achieve, no height we cannot attain, if our bountiful God-given resources are used to the benefit of our land. But that will not happen as long as thieves in government continue to gather millions of dollars at our expense. It will not happen as long as Ghana-must-go bags, fireproof cabinets or shipping containers stuffed with millions of dollars keep showing up in the homes of politicians. Truly, enough is enough!