Thursday, January 07, 2016

Not Even Angels Can Escape the Tentacles of Corruption In Nigeria!

For a country known world-wide mainly for corruption, it may be sometime hopeful to find in it people in public life who could vow for its once-upon-a-time chastity. This hope is what keeps many innocent Nigeria going that somehow, somewhere, one of their public figures can be trusted even unto death. But this imagination itself, even not being too much to ask for, is now thrown into doubts too.

And doubts one must hope it stays... with a possible redemption if it be doubts.

Or what could be made of the new revelation that Wole Soyinka, a Nobel laureate and one of few supposedly worthy public figures remaining in Nigeria is now embroiled in a corruption allegation. For a man who has been heard and relied on to challenge the string of corrupt governments Nigeria never tires to churn out, to now be shamelessly disputing his enjoyment of an =N=82Million (£218,500) birthday party organised in his honour by a State Government, is beyond belief.

The concern here isn't the fact that Mr Soyinka 'claims' he did not 'receive' a penny of the money; the worry is that a man who stands on the shoulders of accountability, activism and Human Rights, could accept, enjoy and relish in th benevolence a State government where ordinary civil servants were usually not paid their salaries and pensions in arrears, where infrastructures are nothing but, where good healthcare is only in dreams, and electricity is still an imaginary luxury to many ordinary people.

Mr Soyinka may not have received a penny but to encourage such embezzlement and arrant waste of public resources from a clearly inefficient government which, just for his honour, is callous, irresponsible, corrupt and worse still, inhuman. How could he? He has shown himself to be corrupt, a glutton and an accomplice. But he doesn't see it this way, since his comments concluded that he is "indifferent".

Shamelessly, Mr Soyinka's response is to conversely endorse corruption by claiming that, “It was not, and remains not my business to probe into the catering and logistical implications of the hundreds of institutions and governments all over the world to whom I acknowledge an immense debt of unsolicited recognition over the years..."

Going by that response above, Mr Soyinka seems to suggest that he doesn't care a whim who wants to recognise him and how they come about the fund. He seems to stress that when it comes to him benefiting or being 'honoured', it might as well be funds meant for feeding dying and helpless people, he wont ask questions. Otherwise, how can he explain that "It was not, and remains not" his "business to probe..." And I doubt that anyone wants him to probe.

It is appalling and disappointing that Mr Soyinka did not stand up to corruption and refuse such bribery as he accepted in this case. In doing that, he connives with inefficiency, mismanagement, corruption and gluttonic greed that has left Nigeria as the crawling giant.

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