State of a Failed Nation- 2
By Taju Tijani
My last line in part one of this piece centered on the ongoing emasculation and total bastardisation of the National Assembly by the goon called Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. I am one among many disenchanted and totally enraged Nigerians who believe that the architecture of our democracy has been repeatedly desecrated by the evil machinations and scheming of a Saraki, who hopes one day to become Nigeria’s president. He wants to rule Nigeria in order to unfurl and unfold the rule of corruption for the corrupt and among the corrupt. There is unhidden attempt by Saraki to set in stone a reckless and dangerous game of suppressing popular quest for accountability among senators.
What is the meaning of democracy to Nigerians? Who is it for? Who does it benefit? Are we born democrats by instinct, deed and character? Are politicians lords of the manor, or servants of the people? Is our democracy liberal in implementation or illiberal? What is the interior mental workings of a senator’s mind? Why is failure to steal public money as a public servant in Nigeria regarded as abnormal, aberration and insult to the canon of our democracy? The Nigerian politician is a thief. He is elected to steal, kill and destroy. Check the statistics.
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo came and stole Nigeria’s wealth to build his Ota farm. Ex-Vice President Abubakar Atiku stole so much that he nearly bought up Dubai. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife made stealing a career. They both plundered this nation so much that Nigeria was sent to intensive unit for bankruptcy. PDP governors enriched themselves massively. Senators, from the old anathema called David Mark, to the least of the pack, carted away money mindlessly. These political looters built mansions in Abuja worth billions of naira. Legislooters entered our political vocabulary. They came in as down and out and poor but by the end of eight years, they became billionaires. Nobody can say for a fact that he knows the salary of a governor in Nigeria.
When the ugly and shameless Godswill Akpabio was leaving office, he sinned against God and the people of Nigeria by the kind of stupendous salary and allowances he enshrined as law for himself and his old cronies.
Today, Nigeria is the amphitheater of a failed democracy. If the canon of democracy as the government of the people for the people and by the people is stretch to its farthest limit, that illusion becomes too glaring under the setting sun of Nigeria’s brand of democracy. Our democracy is crude, vile, iniquitous, corrupt, wicked, scandalous, sacrilegious, inhuman, dirty and evil. Our National Assembly is a hollow place of resource extraction. Our senators are lazy, thieves, ritualists, coven kings and queens, heartless, greedy, selfish, cantankerous, arrogant and unpatriotic. They are devil incarnate!!!
The public has been kept in the dark as to how much an average Nigerian senator earns for a 3 days job? These shameless toads are there not to alleviate the social, political, economic and security challenges humiliating Nigerians, but to tighten the noose further and suffocate the Nigerian masses with laws that neither provide bread nor butter on our dining tables. Conservative estimate places their average salary at a whopping N20million naira per month.
Allowances for furniture, gardeners, masseurs, driver, cook, shoe shiner, barber, mechanic, laundry, clothing, newspaper, medical checkup, entertainment, travel, petrol and constituency payment brings an average senator’s pay packet to N3billion naira in one solid month!!!
This kind of greed is peculiar to Nigerians. Money that is meant to heal the ills of our infrastructure is being pocketed by few people with criminal records of all sorts – from certificate forgery, embezzlement of public fund to drug dealing. Ours is an unusual and embarrassing form of democracy. Ours is a democracy that promotes the carnal comforts of its actors. In the National Assembly, Saraki leads by repression and cooption. The inability of our senators to see that they are a bunch of embarrassment to Nigerians is not surprising. In a nation where democracy has been monetized and standard lowered, the stage is set to turn the National Assembly into a den of vipers who misreads failure for success, infamy for honour, laziness for hardwork, corruption for transparency and unpatriotism for patriotism.
All these aberrations are symptomatic of a deep sickness. Our materialistic democracy that is obsessed with money sharing but opposed to any form of accountability, integrity and public morality has created a nation of wicked, selfish, greedy, money-minded and heartless lechers from the market woman to the university professor who must have sex with a female student for a better grade. When we have immoral, corrupt, dishonest, fraudulent, dishonest and completely shameless people as leaders and senators, Nigeria is set to turn into a land of Sodom and Gomorrah where everybody drinks iniquity like water.
Nigeria has turned into a land of mass defilement. President Mohammadu Buhari has been bewitched by the cabal. That sense of euphoria and goodwill that brought him to Aso Rock, have today, turned into anguish and regret among Nigerians, who are yet to see any form of dividend of democracy. In the place of dividend of democracy, the Buhari administration ushered in poverty on a massive scale, lawlessness, oppression, injustice, insecurity and narrow vision of statecraft. Buhari lack of firmness has embolden yesterday’s thieves to call the shot and hug the limelight where they rubbish his change agenda.
The Police are opposed to his change. The Army are opposed to his change. The PDP-turned APC politicians are all opposed to his desire to fight corruption. His own APC- led National Assembly senators are his greatest and enthusiastic opposers and enemies. These PDP-turned APC senators are not interested in the progress of Nigeria but the progress of their selfish interest. From Dr Bukola Saraki to the least APC members of the Senate are never converts by conviction but converts by convenience.
These so called PDP-turned APC senators have a grand scheme. That desire is to destabilize APC as a party and its agenda to rid Nigeria of corruption. At every opportunity the so called counterfeit APC senators lay pincers on the way for President Buhari. His ideas, his budget, his appointments, his request are either ignored, placed under brutalizing scrutiny, criticized, watered down or rejected. Phew……..by the same party members!!! The Sarakinisation of our National Assembly has turned our democracy into a byword for stealing, stagnation, backwardness, impunity, failure, inefficiency, lawlessness, rascality, self-idolising farce, cabal of privateers, adversary, ostentatious and vulgar indulgence.
Today, Nigeria is prostrate, impoverished and monstrously unsafe. President Mohammadu Buhari’s messianic determination to wage war against corruption has produced no cheering result. His revolutionary zeal has been tempered by his own PDP-turned APC demagogues who have signed a pact with the devil to reduce Nigeria into a hellish shithole of poverty, disease, illiteracy, lack and insecurity.