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President Tinubu exposes Nigeria’s large thieves

Have you ever been to Italy? Whether actual or digital, a go to to Italy will hypnotise you. Italy is the canvas painted by the gods of artwork, structure, tradition, literature, opera, vogue, meals and historical past, spreading by the Pope-led Vatican City, whose impartial authorities inside one other metropolis, Rome, is known as the Holy See, (The god’s canvas stretches) stretching to Venice, Florence, Milan, Bologna, Siena, Verona and many others, in a cuddle of concrete and sexiness. Welcome to Italy!

I stiffen when politicians discuss however pay attention when a Pope talks. Pope John XXIII, an Italian, upon retrospection about life, waxes philosophically: “Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.”

For me, one man’s meat is one other man’s poison. Pope John XXIII’s household is luckier. The financial strangulation sweeping throughout Nigeria has largely zipped up males’s trousers towards womanising and customarily dried up pockets towards playing whereas bandits have chased farmers out of farmlands nationwide. Methinks Nigerians have come to wreck primarily in 3 ways: management, corruption and passivity.

Another Italian, Professor Carlo Cipolla, an financial historian, expanded the that means and scope of idiocy in his theoretical ebook, “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity,” revealed in 1976, during which he recognized 5 basic legal guidelines of stupidity. In normal, Cipolla argues that silly folks undergo from vanity, self-delusion, persistent ignorance, absent-mindedness and extra.

His first regulation of stupidity is that everybody underestimates the variety of silly people in circulation. Cipolla’s second regulation of stupidity says the likelihood {that a} sure individual can be silly is impartial of some other attribute of that individual – that’s, he could also be a professor, physician, decide or inventor whereas the third states {that a} silly individual is an individual who causes losses to a different individual or to a gaggle of individuals whereas himself derives no achieve and even presumably incurs losses.

In his fourth regulation, Cipolla says non-stupid folks all the time underestimate the damaging energy of silly people, including that, particularly, non-stupid folks always overlook that always and locations, and below any circumstances, to deal and/or affiliate with silly folks all the time seems to be a pricey mistake. He concludes in his fifth regulation {that a} silly individual is probably the most harmful kind of individual, worse than a pillager.

The means many Nigerians argue when points boil right down to morality, decency, honour and corruption will make Cipolla coil in his earthen mattress dug for him since 2000 on the age of 78. The means nearly all of Nigerians stupidly opaque clear points made me search extra understanding of stupidity, and Cipolla got here to my rescue.

A serial thief was jailed within the United States for consecutive web frauds and deported twice. The hustler ran again to the illustrious Iwo group of Osun, and emerged king, utilizing faith and slavish philanthropy as opium, but lots of people are hailing him. Hailing a daylight ólè dancing ijó ìyà within the palace with a stolen lamb. Commenting in a WhatsApp group, some members of the stupidity gang even mentioned the Yahoo-Yahoo crimes of the king have been unknown to Nigerian legal guidelines. Another member declared the ruler whiter than snow. I’ll not discuss.

Mahatma Gandhi’s knowledge oversteps the borders of introduction. The sage as soon as mentioned, “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.”

Ogden Nash was an American poet standard for his unconventional rhyming schemes. Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, was named after his father’s brother, Francis, a Revolutionary War normal. “There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all,” Nash mentioned. Having no conscience in any respect is loads of the silly gang twisting the reality out of Nigeria’s realities.

President Bola Tinubu is just not a prisoner of conscience, he’s a pricker of conscience. Tinubu pricked the conscience of Nigeria’s civil servants a number of days in the past when he rightly referred to as for the heads of public employees to nonetheless obtain salaries regardless of relocating overseas. THE NATION newspaper quoted the President as saying, “We must ensure those responsible are held accountable and restitution is made. The culprits must refund the money they fraudulently collected, and their supervisors and department heads must also face consequences for their complicity.” I provide a clap providing to the President for his clear conscience.

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Eri Okan is a 1983 music by King Sunny Ade, the ageless Juju music famous person. It’s my prime decide amongst all KSA’s songs. Eri Okan means conscience. In the Forever Green Song, KSA describes Eri Okan because the unseen witness who watches the doer of excellent and evil, pricking the doer accordingly. He prays for his conscience to vindicate him.

In his 1975 music, “Iduro S’oro,” KSA talks about the fantastic thing about query and reply, explaining that each are mutually inclusive. Adegeye, nevertheless, cautions that anybody bent on receiving a solution to a query must also be able to obtain hiding, simply as he warned the evil-doing adáni lóró of recompense.

I don’t need to obtain solutions to my article from the military of stupidity who all the time pounce to defend the ignoble in palaces, parliaments, the presidency and in all places. I don’t need warfare; I would like peace! The stupidity gang, which contains many civil servants, whom the federal government advised it could possibly’t afford N70,000 minimal wage, sees nothing fallacious within the FG constructing a home of N21bn for Vice President Kashim Shettima, leaving the thoughts to surprise if Vice President Yemi Osinbajo lived on a tree.

With his alacrity in unmasking financial saboteurs, President Tinubu ought to kúkú double up because the Minister of Police Affairs, Inspector General of Police, EFCC Chairman and Generalissimo, Operation Amotekun.

June was the month the Alaafin Molete, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, died 16 years in the past. Kwara-born Odolaiye Aremu was a well-liked and peaceful-looking songster however his Dadakuade music was a stormy petrel. In his famend panegyric on Adedibu, Odolaiye captures the essence of Nigeria’s political class. Exploring poetic licence, Odolaiye describes Adedibu as an unyielding and unbending laborious nail. Odolaiye says Adedibu storms the guts of Ibadan and returns house with loads of chickens, including that Adedibu didn’t purchase the chickens in his possession, neither did he steal them, nor have been they given to him by the proprietor; the chickens have been solely unlucky!

Exasperated by the callousness of the political class, foremost Nigerian columnist, Tunde Fagbenle, in an article, “A sickening country of conscienceless people,” revealed eight years in the past, berated the lifetime salaries and emoluments ex-presidents, ex-governors, and ex-deputy governors obtain. Fagbenle mentioned solely a bloody revolution might reset the nation’s ft on the trail of redemption.

A back-pat ought to be given Labour Party presidential candidate within the 2023 election, Peter Obi, who refused the lifetime cost regardless of being an ex-governor. The similar commendation goes to former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, who, in 2023, wrote to the Ogun State Government to cease the cost of his retirement advantages, saying receiving such would quantity to double emoluments – going by the truth that he’s now within the Senate. Daniel mentioned since he left workplace as governor in 2011, he has not obtained any welfare bundle from the state. Many former governors and their deputies are presently within the National Assembly, receiving salaries for his or her previous and new jobs, feeding from two cauldrons within the hamlet of the proverbial Àlàdé.

I didn’t overlook that every of those spongy leaders had their state governments constructed for them within the areas of their decisions inside the nation, a palace. They additionally get model new automobiles of their selection as and when due.

Today, there’s no more room for holes within the frequent man’s belt, he’s now thinner than a rake, and his life is coming out of his mouth like a canine hit by a truck. He’s pressured, frightened and threatened. Yet the revolution referred to as for by Fagbenle received’t occur as a result of the silly gang will make itself accessible for use by the federal government although their members undergo, too.

The President is busy on the lookout for cash to alleviate the economic system, the economic system of the Villa. The President wants a brand new jet. New president, new jet. Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, mentioned the Tinubu administration has its gaze on the N20tn accessible inside ‘the pensions, life insurance and investment fund industry’ (his phrases) to borrow cash for infrastructural growth. The presidential jet is a important infrastructure, after all.

There’s no cash! There’s no cash! There’s no cash to pay Labour a residing wage. The solely cash accessible is to subsidise Hajj for N90bn, purchase a presidential yacht, handle the elected and put together for re-election. Where’s the prodigal son?

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