I have never asked anybody not to criticise government and political leaders. I do also very well. In fact, recent happenings within the polity; Magu and EFCC, NDDD, Akpabio/Madam Joy triangle etc gives enough ground to criticise government. What’s going on within our polity calls for serious concern.
But one thing is clear, year in year out for over 50 years now, generation after generation talk, argue and criticise succesive government over same major issues: corruption, dishonesty and lack of transparency on the part of our leaders across board. I sat down and I observed that over the last 50 years, we have seen generations of political leaders thrown up to take charge at different levels of government in Nigeria. Effectively, those who use to criticise leaders for corruption, dishonesty and lack of transparency later went into government and became leaders themselves.
Have you asked why things still remain the same? People criticise and attack leaders for lack of transparency in government…for corruption and dishonesty yet when they get an opportunity to lead they do exactly the same thing they once criticise. It goes to show that a lot of people are not criticising for any altruistic reasons. They are just waiting and bidding their time for an opportunity to go into government and do same thing.
You see, every Nigerian who is not in government is an activist. They attack and criticise vehemently leaders in government yet private companies and entrepreneurs are closing shop because they are having a high turnover of staff due to stealing, dishonesty and lack of transparency in handling official responsibilities.
I know a lot of private companies and entrepreneurs that have closed shop because Nigerians employed to work and earn salary stole the company blind. If they are not stealing the product, they are cooking the books to steal money from the organisation. Yet, they still expect the entrepreneur to pay them salaries. I was reading a write up by an entrepreneur who has to spend a lot of money on CCTV, electronic doors and other security gadgets that cost a fortune just because Nigerians working for him can not be trusted. He was lamenting that money spent on this could have been profit for him and even bonus to staff. He once changed Management more than twice in a year because of stealing and dishonesty.
Now, are you aware some companies and entrepreneurs now hire Indians and Chinese into sensitive positions like Accounts, Procurement, Storage etc. They only hire Nigerians to non sensitive positions. They said the bottom line is that it pays and its much more economical for them to sort out visa requirements, accommodation and transportation for these foreigners. Doing that, they save a lot of money because what they have lost to theft and book cooking by their Nigerian staff is much more than what is spent to hire foreigners. Now, they have a rest of mind and can sleep well.
We’ve heard stories of Nigerians living abroad who sent their hard earned money home to friends and families to help take charge of one project or the other and the money and the project would not exist on ground. Some who would have genuinely come back home to set up cottage industries are afraid just because they cant trust Nigerians who would be hired to work.
I think people need to do more of self reflection and ask themselves some salient questions. The question is, can you be trusted?
This is not to say every Nigerian is a fraud. Also, not all foreigners can be trusted but the fact remains that if indeed we have a better behaving citizens, how come when they become leaders they do exactly the same thing we criticise our present leaders for? Fact is if every Nigerian is so good and not corrupt as they wont to show when they criticise government, how come they get into government and we cant see any changes? Rather, what we hear are stories that touch.
This I believe really calls for concern.
© Kay Lord 170720.