Still on Alhaji Lamido Sanusi’s “plagiarism” charge

Falade A.G. Says:
April 27, 2012 at 7:17 am e

”These people in high places may roam the globe at Nigeria’s expense but the exposure does not serve them – or us – well.” Yes! I’m not really sure of the reason why they are not moved to replicate in Nigeria good things they see in other countries. Perhaps, those things do not make lasting impressions on their minds because they are blinded by the urge to visit, collect fat estacode and go back home. A case of ”they shall see, but will not perceive.”

emotan77 Says:
April 27, 2012 at 11:46 am e

Thanks, Prof. I always wonder along the same line of your thought how these people can see all the beautiful things and structures in other countries and not want to replicate them in Nigeria. The Arabs have turned vast arid lands once populated by nomadic tribes who dwelt in tents in well under a century into wonders to behold.

Of course we know most of these countries are ruled by autocratic governments but is Nigeria really that different in the way it is governed? Our country is worse off for most of her citizens with each successive government and, difficult as it is to acknowledge, Nigerians are worse off under all the so-called “democratic” administrations, her infrastructure have decayed more – than under ANY military administration.

Meanwhile, a few have grown stupendously wealthy through no channels than looting the common wealth: civil servants, politicians, top armed forces personnel, etcetera.

While in Vegas – a city I know like the back of my hand as I lived there for several years in the 80s and 90s and still visit – I wonder if Bala Mohammed took the time to see the eight or so PUBLIC golf courses in the town of a million-plus, or its beautiful PUBLIC elementary and high schools. Did he take time to go beyond the miles-long Strip to visit its interpretation of high-brow areas like Green Valley, Lake Las Vegas, etcetera some of which are older than Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory but which make Abuja’s so-called “high-brow” areas like Maitama, etcetera look substandard – huge mansions, or not? What has Bala Mohammed’s administration done in this capital city to put an end to open sewer, and where central sewage was done but seeps into the open (yeah, I’ve seen it with my own eyes), to end it?

What has Mohammed done/is doing about the human warehouses, pardon me, that go for shelter at Abuja in many parts that house hundreds of thousands in places like Gwagwalada? Should a gradual improvement of the total appearance of how the city looks not be more important than the kissing-up of naming a district after Jonathan to retain a position be more important to him?

Nigerians whose livelihood are derived from government in forms of salaries who own homes abroad (not those from the past) are said to be in the tens of thousands. It amazes, therefore, that these people are unable to see or appreciate replicating what are in the U.K., U.S.A., Dubai, etcetera where they have homes that are hardly used when it is in their power to effect changes in their own country. It is more surprising when one considers the fact that hardly any of these people would actually want to live in these foreign countries as they would not fit in nor would the lifestyles they are accustomed to, be available.

Indeed, ”they shall see, but will not perceive.”

Always a pleasure reading your thoughts.

Fatai Bakare Says:
April 27, 2012 at 3:43 am e

Yes, you have spoken well, but this advice I am sure will fall on deaf ears. But it will be said they were so advised.
Nigeria is full of sycophancies, eye-services, window-dressers and now plagiarism of the first order in high places. It is only in Nigeria on the earth’s surface that somebody from in such a high position will not admit guilt and say sorry to the public but rather would have those that feed on the crumbs from their tables tell hundreds of lies to cover up and we want to head the World Bank! Shame.

emotan77 Says:
April 27, 2012 at 11:54 am e

Thanks, Fatai.

In spite of myself, I still like to believe Alhaji Sanusi will do the right thing: swallow whatever is left of his pride and apologise. Please do not get me going on the World Bank joke.


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