Contentment is a virtue respected and propagated by every religion; race and creed whereas covetousness and greed generally are regarded as vice and appals everyone with contemptuous annoyance.
A civilised human society has rules of engagement guiding private and public conducts, the rational minded in any given society frowns at every iota of dishonesty, how much more unbridled tendency for acquisition of wealth especially in primitive desperation.
Our country today is confronted with a bug called corruption. It has infested our world and had eaten deep like cankerworm into the fabric of our society. Ranging from pilfering to palace looting, pedestrian underhand dealings to official manipulation, corruption has become the caterpillar of destruction.
From petty stealing to palace looting, pedestrian underhand dealings to official manipulation, corruption has become the caterpillar of destruction.
It becomes worrisome that custodians of commonwealth, those in position of authority and entrusted with responsibilities are the ones who turned to be the captains among the legions of maggots eating up the nation.
The media is awash, daily, with divers tales of corruption, the stories of missing millions, starched away billions, bungled projects, the list is endless.
The scenario throws the present into a quicksand of under development and plunged the future into the ocean of perplexity and poverty.
How did we get here? Who fails to do what? Whose responsibility it is to check mate? Who should play oversight role and what institution should guard the state? All seemed to be compromised, guilty and culpable.
One wonder what moment in history did we detour and lose moral guard, our forebear are men of conscience and modesty. It is hard to pin down when the declension began, but greed, coloured with madness is at its crescendo.
The gains of greed, ostentatious lifestyle, and magnifications of its reward mutate the culture of diligence and hard work. The consequence is that the society breeds laziness, promotes indolence and destroys initiatives; after all, short cut pays.
Nigerians have not only tolerated corruption, they seemed to be getting conditioned, the system builds up social, psychological, ethnical and religious safety net to accommodate the menace to the extent that anyone who found himself in a privilege position especially public office is considered fortunate and expected to live big and be the father Christmas.
The game changing quality of service, sacrifice and selflessness had simply become alien, everyone for himself, all for God.
The social systems, schools, religious and family, aimed at building the society, have lost their relevance and also prey for a share in the reward of iniquity. Communities conferred traditional titles, Ivory tower bargained with honorary doctorate, and religion organisations pursue donations.
Stolen money is shared on the platform of philanthropist activities done to shut up the conscience. Men may excite themselves in their folly but God cannot be mocked, after all, Apostle Paul in the Holy bible stated that the gift of God can not be bought with money.
Greed perpetrated by the minority in the upper class afflicts the poor and reinforces anti social behavior among the millions at the lower rung of the ladder, though the former suffers the heaviest.
There is glaring paradox in the nation penal systems because those who commit minor offenses suffer heavy punishments whereas those with heinous crime enjoy mere spanking.
The younger folks just take a cue, resolved to go for the kill and aimed high to steal big, because they know that the size of their pockets will neutralized the consequence of their action, the end they say justify the means.This malady, the primitive acquisition of wealth deserves psychiatric investigation, declaration of national emergency and punchy chastisement.
The oppressed in the Nigerian society recently had a sense of relief and a new lease of life. They have perceived a new wave that under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the monster will not only be confronted but will be attacked frontally.
The populace must resolve and constitute itself as a nuisance against the cabals and pylons who pillage commonwealth and plundered the nation’s resources. This however demands re-orientation.
Just as the President had pointed that corruption will kill the country, therefore war against corruption should not be politicized and clothed in the garment of deceit, selectivity, ethnicity and religiosity.
It’s a serious warfare not only because of its damaging effect but it’s certainty of destruction, it should therefore not be reduced to sloganeering.
The President should beware of the mixed multitudes, many within and outside his fold who had hitherto lived with monstrous skeleton in their cupboards. These ones who suddenly become cheerleader apparently to cover up their trap, those big kettles calling the pot black, these “midnight” converts must not be allowed to dissolve until they vomit their loots hence they become the albatross of the new vision.
The President should not fall into the façade of their deception and fallacy of their décor.
Days ahead will be challenging as logjam will be created through the feeble institutional structures. It will be needful that the momentum is sustained by strengthening anti corruption institutions and supported with creation of special courts with distinct power to bite every culprit, regardless of class or caste, with a venom and pang of justice.
A blueprint to fight corruption should be developed; the message should be loud and clear, no longer business as usual.
To those who through goodwill rose to power with a promise to better the lots of the people but through greed and corruption wreck havoc on the society, in no long time, they shall be made to give account.
Leopard cannot change its skin, with the heat of the moment they will want to lie low and invent new tricks as old ways will be blocked, to contend effectively with the evil of the moment and the threat it posed to the future, the nation needs a new brand of warriors, whistle blowers who will alert the world and nip corruption at the bud.
Let it be proclaimed from Abuja to Abeokuta, Oyo to Uyo and Kastina to kwara that the cup of judgment of the kleptomaniac is full.
No doubt, Nigerians have great expectations under this dispensation, the path to liberty, greatness and prosperity is not hidden, we must resolved to walk the talk, follow the path of truth, openness, sacrifice, transparency, equity and fairness.
Righteousness still remained the indestructible springboard through which any nation can be exalted, Nigeria not an exemption