Corrupt Architecture: Nigeria, Corruption In An Anti-corruption Disney, By Ade Ilemobade
Nigeria as a geopolitical space is a disney of A-priori and A-posteriori universals of corruption, a conurbation riddled with influence peddlers, rogues, without any vividly cut line of distinction between what is ethical and moral. We are living in an environment of roguishness where the boundary between acceptable behaviour and misconduct is unclear.
North East Nigeria ravaged by Boko Haram… Nigeria Army intervene to save the populace and with the sound of early morning machine gun fire villagers runing helter skelter confusion, delirium, smell of blood and burning flesh everywhere… after years of serious confrontation with the terrorist the nation ”was liberated” without Sambisa forest and not without over two million IDPs.
Liberation or no liberation that is an argument for another day when we shall look into the philosophy of liberation, freedom, peace, and the notion of the absence of war from classical theorist down to our contemporary commentators.
Colonel, Major, and Air commodore not forgetting rank and file have all paid the ultimate price defending Nigeria against Boko Haram terrorist yet some people sit around the corridors of power with a roguish mentality and the urge for unbridled self enrichment that makes #Dasukigate looks like a comic play while they are feeding fat on the despair of victims of terrorism. This is a classical case of man’s inhumanity to man.
Sometimes I wonder about what exactly is the likely institutional logics around the corridors of power in Nigeria in respect of acceptable behaviours because daily the goalpost of sanity, ethics and moral decency has been repeatedly hijacked by rogues who now set boundaries concerning ethically acceptable mannerism by violating the laid down rules and code of conducts for public officials.
Illegality of recruitments, influence peddling or conflict of interest is now the new normal at the apex of current governmental administration the vogue now within the corridors of power is rationalization of corruption within an anti-corruption disney architecture “technicization” with a barage of technocrats willing to defend illegality with fabricated data for justification are ubiquitous in Aso rock hoping that gullible Nigerians would swallow the garbage hook, line, and sinker.
This change is dead from the top because of a systemic hemorrhage induced by corrupt people at the pinnacle of current governmental administration in Nigeria. It is instructive here to point to the latest revelation by the senate that funds meant for the Internally displaced people in the North East of Nigeria has been mismanaged by SGF (Babachir Lawal) a man within the corridors of power in a contract scam to eradicate unwanted grass for 200million Naira awarded to an organization he has an interest in Haba!
This is a deeply worrying development and a downward spiral into the abyss of animalistic behaviour within the corridors of power. I am not a religious person but I like to conclude by urging those concerned to read the following Quranic injunctions and other text relevant to this subject matter maybe they would redirect their attention to doing the needful according to the rules and regulations laid down in our statute.
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said:
“This is why those who are in authority are of two groups: the scholars and the rulers. If they are upright, the people will be upright; if they are corrupt, the people will be corrupt.”
The Noble Qur’an – Hud 11:85
“And O my people! Give full measure and weight in justice and reduce not the things that are due to the people, and do not commit mischief in the land, causing corruption.’’
Mr. president cannot be silent anymore a stitch in time saves nine.
OTUNBA ADE ILEMOBADE is a philosopher