by Olusegun Ayodele
We have lost everything we met on the land. Cocoa, palm oil, groundnuts, cotton, cashew and rubber have been forgotten and are now better produced by nations who came to learn from us.
We have lost our moral compass, our society is fractured, our statehood is threatened. Our citizens are in prisons all around the world. Some of them prefer foreign prisons to coming back to Nigeria where nothing but joblessness and suffering await them.
.Our passport is treated with disdain everywhere you present it. Why should the emblem of our country be the shame of its citizens?
Why should our Senate Leader earn 600 million per year? Why should our senators earn 30 million per month? Why should our National Assembly gulp 1.2trillion naira per year while we try to save 1.4 trillion from subsidy removal?
Why should our government be so big that there are special advisers, including Cassava and Bean affairs when there is a major Ministry like Agriculture? What is the job of special advisers when there are commissioners at state level and ministers at federal level?
Why do we need 36 ministers who are assisted by junior ministers?
Why would our president spend close to a billion on food while close to eighty percent live on less than a dollar a day? Why should he budget a billion for generators and diesel when he is urging us to believe in his power sector reform? Why does a president who asks the citizens to prepare to tighten their belts more need 6 private jets?
Why do our governors move around with twenty-vehicle convoys when British Prime Minister, David Cameron has just two vehicles and one outrider?
Why should our politicians keep their outrageous salaries that far outstrips those of other politicians everywhere else in the world, including the United States where Obama’s is a third of what a Nigerian lawmaker makes?
Why should we continue to be wasteful when the handwriting on the wall says “danger”? Why should we believe this government when it says the subsidy gain will be properly reinvested?
Bad leadership and corruption must stop. This madness must stop. Nobody will fight for us
if we refuse to challenge the government. We are not slaves.
Solidarity for ever.