- Calling Achebe the father of African literature is literary ignorance or momentary exuberance – Soyinka
- Hull City sacks Olofijana
- Tito Vilanova off to New York next week for cancer treatment
- NAMA cancels its planned closure of airspace
- Rooney’s future is not my business – Ferguson
- Herdsmen’s invasion: Benue communities seek marine surveillance
- Boko Haram owns anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns – Military
- “This was the worst season of my career” – Mourinho declares after Copa del Rey loss
- Emergency rule: National Assembly saved governors from sack
- Boko Haram members may face war crimes charges – United Nations
Matilda Orhewere: Kindred Spirit In Corruption
When the frequency of negative criticisms overshadows and almost drones out genuine complements, the effect tends to become a crippling feeling of rejection. It gives reason for worry when people find no reason to complement each other or the government. In the interest of sanity, people will have to look out for what is good about them. The issue of corruption among Nigerians has been raised to the high heavens and many Nigerians are not allowed the opportunity to show their good side. Rather, they are condemned even before they stand trial. News for Nigerians however is that corruption is not peculiar to Nigeria and Nigerians; the whole world is corrupt. Many nations have overcome the stage of publicly justifying corrupt practices while they still actively practice corruption. Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for personal and private gain.
Over the last few months, civil rights groups and individual campaigners have become more vocal about the uncontrollable presence of the scourge of corruption in India. It was quite shocking to know that corruption manifest in the Indian economy and society is at a full scale. One of the activists, a retired police woman made considerable effort in establishing the fact that seeming wealth of India revolves around very few people within the society. With the issues of corruption plaguing the Nigerian society, one would ordinarily want to focus on how best we can address our own issues rather than echoing what is being said about other countries.
A debate on Tim Sebastian’s ‘the Outsider’ on Bloomberg TV channel featured the topic ‘there is no honest business in India.’ Listening to the panel of discussants and contributing members of the audience revealed several cases of bottlenecks and blockages put in the path of aspiring entrepreneurs; it is so bad that the politicians are the only class of people who can scale the bureaucratic huddles set up to discourage young business people. In effect to make a head way in business in India, one must be an established politician. Other than that, one is made to make settlements in expensive bribes to public officials and party stalwarts. It is was quite touching to hear one of the discussants Rajeev S., CEO of a telecoms enterprise recommend areas of business that the would-be entrepreneur must stay away from if he or she did not want to get involved in corrupt practices.
I am 100% confident that no government policy or official can officially suggest such to young Nigerian entrepreneurs but it is disturbing to see that many young Nigerian entrepreneurs shy away from many areas of business. In a recent interview, Richard Branson, CEO of the Virgin Group who was CEO of Virgin Nigeria lamented frustrations he experienced in the Nigerian aviation industry and sadly he was made to abandon the project with losses in investment. We see Indians surviving and thriving in the same aviation industry even at the expense of the lives of unsuspecting passengers who are being flown in ‘airborne caskets.’ Invariably, the corrupt way of doing business in India has been imported into the already corrupt system in Nigeria that is why scandalous issues concerning the operations and crash of Dana Airline are being swept under the carpet.
The CNN Freedom Project exposes people who sell their children based on their culture, religion and excuses of poverty. I told my neighbor who is an Indian that the distance between Nigeria and India has been further reduced by technological advancement and that he could no longer deceive us that Nigeria is less developed than India. What I am saying in essence is that it is not his turn to bad-mouth Nigeria and Nigerians especially as he is the one who has come to Nigeria in search of the ‘Golden Fleece.’ We have our own share of social injustice issues in Nigeria which we are struggling with and I am fully convinced that as soon as many more young Nigerians begin to buy into the vision of the new Nigeria, they will begin to tidy up their acts.
In the same vein, security issues of nations like Israel and Pakistan are down-played when people discuss terrorist activities in Nigeria; activities that are now known to have been largely promoted and funded by international terrorist organizations.
New Nigerians will do well to believe that Nigeria is not in the league of the most corrupt nations on earth and spring forward in making progress while downplaying acceptance of the presence corruption.
GOD bless Nigeria