NIGERIA IS IN TROUBLE!




 It is not only shocking but also ridiculous that the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu,  could come out to say that the agency as the proxy of the Federal Government will prosecute the whistleblower who leaked the information of the over-priced armoured BMW cars recently purchased for the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah. It is a classic advertisement of how corrupt the government at the centre is.
Also laughable is his comparison of his agency’s whistle-blower with Edward Snowden who leaked the United States security information and currently hibernating in Russia. Akinkuotu, who obviously is under pressure from powers above him, should have saved his name by resigning honourably if he had no better way of handling the revelation of this shameful transaction except that he may also have had his own cut from the N255m deal. His outburst can be likened to the President Goodluck Jonathan’s reaction to the media exposure of the rot at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos earlier this year when he said it was the media’s attempt to ridicule his government.
If the people in government still think that the country’s misfortunes can continue to be wrapped in secrecy like they have been doing for over 50 years, they need to wake up from their sleep, the world has changed and they should prepare for more revelations of their ignoble acts which keep drawing the country backward.  For no one to have been relieved of their duty and prosecuted since this scandal broke is an affirmation that President Jonathan is only paying lip service to his government fighting corruption. It also lends credence to what now looks like his regime’s signature statement that corruption is not Nigeria’s biggest problem.
And to the NCAA DG, Nigerians and indeed the whole world will like to know this patriot who meant well for his comatose country. The DG will be shocked to know that this individual will be honoured by the people and may even be granted asylum by countries that abhor Nigeria’s style of national rape and bleeding. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo may not be a role model when it comes to fighting corruption, yet, Jonathan can learn one or two lessons from him on how to save face by turning it away from associates that want to ridicule his government.
Tafa Balogun and Chief Sunday M. Afolabi were examples of how Obasanjo made scapegoats of some of his kitchen cabinet members. The aviation minister has exposed herself to a ridiculous situation that her continued stay in office will be a collateral damage for the Federal Government. The government should seize this moment to tell Nigerians and the watching world that the country is not under a spell by showing Oduah and her collaborators the door and possibly make them face criminal prosecution. No decent nation will take Nigeria seriously if this scandal like several other brazen stealing is swept under Jonathan’s carpet.
Incidentally, no one hears anything about the Femi Otedola/Farouk Lawan’s $600,000 oil subsidy bribery scandal again.   Is that the way a country desiring development and progress as well as respect in the international community will behave? Indeed, Nigeria is in trouble.
•Sunday Odeleke,
Houston, TX. USA.


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