Anytime I think about Nigeria and Nigerians I always end up with the feelings of pity and amusement.
Anytime I think about Nigeria and Nigerians I always end up with the feelings of pity
and amusement. Pity because a large proportion of our populace is engaged in a
rat race that will bring nothing but doom to them.
Amusement because despite their gentlemanly outward appearances, the inner being thinks of nothing but
fraud and bare-faced stealing just as they profess to be born again christains
It is indeed interesting to understudy the life of an average Nigerian, educated or illiterate; the
illiterates being better than the former in this business of thieving.
About 80% of Nigerians are either Christians or Muslims. The two faiths Christianity and Islam preach
righteousness and thou shall not steal. At every given opportunity and before
he embarks on anything, the Nigerian prays. Sometimes one wonders if the prayer
is for God's love and assistance or for protection from God for the
consequences of their satanic acts (acts which are anti-God).
There is stealing all over.
The following are examples:
Petrol Stations - the 'smart' attendant sells air to you instead of petrol with the
knowledge of the station Manager.
Eateries - You are served with quarter or half portion and billed for full portion. The excess is shared at the end of the day by the 'courteous' waiters and service girls.
Departmental stores - Over billing
Bank - You are either short changed or fake notes are inserted into packets while the cashier smiles home with an equivalent of a month on a daily basis.
Mechanic - Damages your car and charge you for materials not purchased while he swears by anything to assure you that he has done a great job. Such shoddy jobs have resulted in accidents killing the victims (who in most cases too got the money from fraudulent sources).
spare part dealers - in the same category as the mechanic. Honesty conductors e.t.c. and truth are not in their dictionary.these set of people have fraudulent acts as an integral part of their training and they cannot "make it" unless they cheat. So it is a psychological problem.
Government workers- I don't want to over flog this area. Just try to get even a pin from them to talk of tax clearance, passport e.t.c. then you will appreciate the level of rot in us.
The teachers are busy in all public institutions of learning collecting levies while students sit on bare floor in overcrowded classrooms perfecting strategies for cheating in examinations.
The churches and mosques?
No one contends for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. The loud noise is about generational curses, prosperity, fruit of the womb, visa to oversea countries etc.
Whether it is the market woman or the artisan, the shop attendant or any of the publics one is unfortunate to relate with, the experience is the same - extortion and bare-faced robbery.
You can indeed imagine the outcome of any developmental effort in a country that is populated by a large proportion of the people described above.
Contrary to popular opinion, corruption is not our problem; it is the symptom of a problem. This problem appears to be psychiatric in nature since the behavioral expositions of the type of people painted above can only come from demented minds.
However, a look at the Quran provides a better insight. In chapter 2 verses 16 - 18. "these are they who have bartered guidance for error: but their traffic is profitless and they have lost true direction. Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness. So they could not see. Deaf, dumb and blind they will not return to the path"
So we continue to wander.
The unrighteous will never find peace with God. The Bible says that "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and every good thing shall be added unto you".
Seeking good things from unrighteous conduct is evil and God will punish evildoers unless they repent.
This is why I am suggesting to our religious groups to abandon other programmes or activities for the rest of the year and to spend that time seeking God's forgiveness just as Adam did when he was sent out of the garden of Eden.
It is only when God has forgiven us that we can begin to see a turnaround in our medulla oblongata which right now is filled with ammonia (419,credit card scam, gsm scam, overinvoicing, money laundering, washing of dollar, drugs etc
"Our Lord, we have wronged our own souls: if You forgive us not and bestow not upon us Your mercy , we shall certainly be lost" (Quran 7:23)
mY PEOPLE REFEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!