The Missile Man of India Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was a career scientist turned reluctant politician. He was known in India for his ground breaking work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. Kalam was elected President of India in 2002 and served his country diligently for good five years. In one of Kalam great speeches he noted the tripod of achieving a corruption free society. He said-
“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds. I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”
This divinely inspired words of Kalam will not only find a lasting solution to the evil of corruption that turned itself to a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the country’s fabrics, but, will also bring back the lost glory of the land. Corruption has we all know is the bane of every society, it crippled the working system and lames the machination of an entire country if not attended to on time. Nigerians have endured years of tyranny, hunger, torture and slavery in the hands of fellow Nigerians called Overlords or better still Cabals. This set of people amasses stupendous wealth and eat the national cake to the point of vomiting when thousands and millions of Nigerians are living below $1 per day.
All thanks to President Muhammadu Buhari for his zero tolerance for corruption. A man that many Nigerians home and abroad believed will return the lost glory of the country at the point when the country is approaching its brim of somersaulting in the hands of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Nigerians came out en masse earlier this year to vote change, their future and the future of the unborn generation. The last Presidential election will forever remain ever green in the minds of Nigerians because it is the first time a sitting president in Nigeria was replaced with ballots and not bullets. It is the first election of its kind where youths participated actively and not passively in echoing one voice of CHANGE. Buhari has introduced War Against Corruption (WAC) to replace the popularly known War Against Indiscipline (WAI) of 1980s that was lunched by Buhari and Idiagbon to clean the country from all sorts of indiscipline and corruption.
It is germane to comb and make a comprehensive expansion of the three societal members (Father, Mother and Teacher) listed by Kalam as a tool to achieving a corruption free society, but the big question that will be looming in your heart is how did father and mother contribute to corruption free society? There is this Yoruba adage that says ile latin keso rode meaning charity begins at home. This adage is a direct answer to the question asked above. If all parents leave up to the responsibility of teaching their wards the beauty of fearing God, the strength of patriotism, the power of knowledge and the bitter price of indolence from childbirth, the country will witness an adult fully grown man that walk in the way of the lord, an adult that loves his country unconditionally, a society of gems and valiant that will sacrifice the last drop of their blood for the goodness of the country. It is also important to note that only parents that are found worthy in character and learning will nurture a patriotic citizen that will not loot the country’s treasury when trusted with power.
Teachers on the other hand as we all know is the fertilizer that brings out the best in every student. They are the rain that brings out the vegetation of brains, intellectuals, gems and genius of different species. But, it saddens heart that modern day teachers cannot in anyway be compared to their olden day’s counterpart. In the sense that the olden day’s teachers don’t lack any material things and their salary is intact and steady which makes them work selflessly in bringing out the best in every student, but the reverse is the case in modern day Nigeria. Corruption as disrupt every sectors of the country including the educational sector. We employ more teachers with less salary, we create more universities with less value, we celebrate an archaic system of teaching and curriculum and we expect the country to produce best brains, patriotic citizens and intellectuals that will compete with their counterparts in brother countries. It is evident that poor inputs cannot give a good output.
Mr President Sir, tomorrow when the war on corruption begins do not limit it to the top echelon in the society, the crusade of War Against Corruption (WAC) should be taking to our various homes, schools, religious places et cetera. I will want you to comb all the nooks and crannies of the country in bringing out those that are found culpable of corruption charges. Sir, i want you to be armed to the teeth and show no mercy to all that has been depriving Nigerians of their right, liberty and peace. Fellow Nigerians don’t be scared when the war begins because it is a winning battle that will bring smile to the face of an average Nigerians.
ALABEDE Surajdeen Kayode is a political commentator, environmentalist and a serving corp member in Delta State.