Opinion: The mother of All Scandals

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by Ayodele Gabriel


In 2009, Iraq planned to arrest 1000 officials for corruption after a scandal which forced the resignation of the Trade minister.The effect of this drive in times had resonating aftermaths on food supply for millions of the Iraq’s. The leadership was forced out of frustration for the escalated offences in the armpit of the ministry. What were there genuine offences ? They had many you’d unexpect from that arm of the government. There were unethical partying by Trade Ministry Officials who spent funds – public funds on prostitutes, dancing girls and on drinking intoxications.At a phase, the officials and their big selves dared to deride the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki. In Iraq, there is still corruption, Burma and Somalia belongs to the leading tribe for the practice, but, they are not the mother’s of corruption.They can’t be. They are not. But worst still.Somehow, if the individual is asked how Nigeria glued the adamancy of corruption, would he not assume such date can’t be lensed. 
Another would want the world believe it was coincidental. The arguments are never the same. Controlling and Decontrolling ; this negative has been a sunk which overtimes many Nigerians has masked irredeemable.Nigerians have folded their arms.Generally, Patriotic Nigerians can only be proud of attending the polls with prayers, plan and the Permanent Voters Card.All other things form from which it molds. The dents has always managed to take it renewal every period of franchise, times when the Loudhailer turns deaf to the Hailer and the message buried within silence, self defeating it purpose.Ask! What basely is exchanged during the process of vote buying ? A single man’s vote or a whole of his sound judgement ? Or all ?

I would not forget a particular event into record. Three weeks before the 2019 Presidential Poll, I was in a discussion with a Church Evangelist. I respected much about him or anyone of his office but not an indecency he professed.

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“I’m only voting for whosoever can pay my vote count a worth of Twenty Thousand Naira” he said.

On this, what happens before a Journalist throws a well on to the public stage in many cases are not to a size of what he said. He expressed his decision. He won’t be firm on such an expression disrespecting his title without him an iota of disregard. That was his decision. The raceway for the citizens to thread might not be raised than what have been done by many of the Non Government Organization whose preachingsteadfastly is unweary. The duty of the Citizens, fundamental at all cost, remains not less of patriotism. Only have we made a lost cause virtually in necessary times as this.

Abstinence and Moral Justification are both a scholastic measure to deal with the curling culture of corruption. The country has failed to lead entirety of Nigerians in an open way, and the citizens, most are deterred and contentious of waging a boom to counterparts against the representation of their stance that the country would only be aborted trying to grow into decency. There are trilateral effects of Corruption; on economy, people and her leadership. The economy stand as a gold that must not be placed hands with the hungry. The people script to display the role of how deadly honesty has been and root-height ways, they’ve been unwilling to subvert, and the government, undetermined to avoid corruption when obvious solution seems difficult and possible hand in hand.To conquer corruption among authorities, purity has to occupy more weight to power.The mother of all corruption scandal is the failed star-crossed path, stapled on the covers of our history, preface of moral distortion, promises unkept, today’s identity ever weaved on sight (blinding) and distance resistance to purity. Nigeria has shown itself long ago in the sojourn of controversial crises and in tatters of blackness. This fortune can be restored with the practice of Advocacy which tends to drive a point and a force. Also, the justice arm of the nation has not lived to the trust of the people, going down tracks of activities, there might be a thousand of surprises for us all as a result of self-interest which stands as a major attack on sound judgement. Convincingly, not everyone in that organisation, the judiciary, has neither failed the country nor their selves.

Can we come to an age where the mind is right to nature and untouched by more or less to the actual state of all things ? We can. Can we have modesty reigning in manner of whatsoever is our responsibilities ? Can we remind ourselves why incorporation of transparency and accountability is important ? To grow Nigeria, Africa and our individual world. We can!

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Ayodele Gabriel Writes from Ibadan, Nigeria.
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