Thank God, tomorrow, Monday, July 27, 2020, is another date with history at Lagos Talks 91.3 FM, when Sadiq & The Guru come live on air, from 09:30-11:00 hours. And as usual, there are much on the menu to be reviewed topically. Let’s sample some hard-nuts, and soft ones also.
Today’s night into tomorrow’s morning, (26/27) fourteen years ago – 2006, Anthony Olufunsho Williams died. No, he was killed. And in his house – even inside his bedroom, in Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos. Do you want to know the details of his life and time, and maybe, a few facts, waving around that period in the life of the “best governor that Lagos never had”? Wait for tomorrow as l shall remember my friend – very sincere friend; “Capi”, as he was famously called. I shall remember my friend “Funky” tomorrow, mostly those memorable discussions we had a few hours before the gruesome killing.
“NSITF: N48bn proceeds entered pockets; officials, spouses flew first class – Ngige”, so reports the Daily Mail. That was the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity telling the Nigerian National Assembly how a few management staff of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund swallowed just a little above 48 Billion Naira. Small compared to others, you would want to say!
“Senate seeks sack of NDDC IMC, refund of N4.9 Billion”, so reported The Nation Newspaper. If you say that Nigeria is a country created by corruption, to be sustained and serviced by corruption for corrupt people only, you might not be too wrong.
If by now, there is still any Nigerian that does not know that Nigeria – a one time great country and Giant of Africa, has been confirmed dead by world’s best “doctor of anatomy”, that Nigerian must be the only one left in the wild forest of Eldorado.
The name of Nigeria’s killer is called CORRUPTION, and unfortunately, the “Killer” has been appointed as the “Undertaker”. The burial arrangements is progressively undergoing, as this message is being written.
Again, it is only those that are sincerely incubating the world of Eldorado that would say that they don’ have details of the burial arrangements.
Or what can we say about corruption’s earthquake vibrating across national institutions in the land?
Where do you start your journey from?
NDDC might not be the one topping the Nigerian corruption ladder but for some degree of Abracadabra which Godswill Akpabio brought “into the modus operandi”, NNPC might be weighing heavier, if we go into comparative analysis. Let us skip NNPC for now because it is a “Ministry under President Muhammadu Buhari”, meaning the time to probe it is yet to come.
What about a brief visit to the North East Development Commission, to check about the balances of the N100 Billion Naira the federal government deposited in the place last year? The Nigerian House of Representatives helped us to peep into the balance, and the Honourables “are sad” to report back that there is no “Kobo left in the place again” – courtesy of the Managing Director and Buhari Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management – Hajia Saddiya Farouk.
Then take a look at the man appointed by the President to head the operation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and see how he and the Institution he marshals are now drowning in the river of absolute corruption.
The one inescapable question is this: Has corruption not killed Nigeria? Yes, it has, and most unfortunately, under the supervision of the anti-corruption Czar himself – Muhammadu Buhari.
We shall talk about these issues, and more, tomorrow. Let all of us be fully engaged in the discussion please.
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