It is amazing how much Nigeria’s corrupt officials and their clients spend on sex and women. Girls, ladies and new wives who are fortunate enough to be “attached” to corrupt officials and their clients are showered with luxury cars, foreign holiday trips, cushy rented apartments, new-build homes, land acquisition, school fees, obscenely generous stipends, and so forth and so on. This may appear a “normal” action of the rich and affluent until one starts to calculate the amount of Nigeria’s stolen wealth that is spent on sex and illicit sexual relations.
Research nearing conclusion robustly estimates the amount of Nigeria’s stolen wealth spent on sex and related matters at between 5 -10% (i.e. N50 million – 100 million per N1 billion) for the big level thieves; 8-15% (N80 million – 150 million per N1billion) for moderate level thieves; and 11-50% (N110 million – 500 million per N 1 billion) for modest level thieves. (These amounts largely excludes the costs of hotels, travel, communications, abortions, children bearing / upbringing, treating STDs etc.). Big thieves number around 2 thousand, moderate thieves around 20 – 40 thousand and modest thieves around 200 – 400 thousand. Petty thieves do not count. As the size of the theft increases less is spent proportionally on ‘sexualitze’.
We can thus see how much of Nigeria’s stolen wealth is spent or wasted wantonly on illicit sex and related matters. The figures become even more significant when we consider that the over 80% of stolen moneys are kept overseas by the big and moderate class of thieves. Of the monies kept in Nigeria, between a third and half of it all seems to be spent on sexualitze.
The “Corrupt Manhood”, methodologically, “is one that belongs to a man who engages in and enjoys proceeds from corruption which he spends indiscriminately on multiple [female] sexual partners”. My observations in Nigeria robustly reveal that the moment a politician or public official comes into power thus money, his first or second new lines of action is ‘womanising’. Sex and womanising becomes not only a major ‘sink’ for the proceeds of corruption but has evolved into an overriding motivation for engaging in acts of corruption. Yes, the quest for beautiful and young women does persuade many a man to engage in corruption, increasingly. Wow! Who says corruption does not have loads of complexities?
There is a saying (from somewhere in Nigeria) that goes, “a man with great wealth never suffers from impotence”. A very good friend of mine adds “when money cometh [by way of parvenu] to a man forbideth himself the use aphrodisiacs [root] for the money maketh his erections perfect”. Gbogborogbo! Whether such sayings or statements are scientifically provable I do not know. It is very hard to get corrupt wealthy to engage in research experiments to test their libido or virility at the time of their “success”. Nevertheless, it is observable that so many rich or affluent men in Nigeria are typically ‘polygamous’ and ‘prolific’, fathering countless children. Poorer men, the vast majority, tend to fear the cost of dating women and have to rely on cheap aphrodisiacs for cutting ‘shows’.
Money and the acquisition of it is presented in many cultures as mostly “machismo”. Toughness, ruthlessness, acumen, go-getting, cold decisiveness, sheer tough hard work, risk-taking etc. are traditionally associated with machismo. The interesting thing is that when you acquire wealth, even through the cowardly and shameful acts like robbing your own treasury and sharing monies intended to solve nation-breaking problems, all the qualities of money machismo are ascribed to the man who made it. Confidence, self-assurance and entitlement become the visible cloak of the man of means. The usual test of the efficacy of the cloak is savagery to his best friends who are not so fortunate and spending the ill-gotten wealth on dispensable / indispensable women.
We must not forget the fact that corruption in Nigeria and elsewhere is keenly a patriarchal activity dominated by males. There tends to be a few women in power and a few of those guilty of corruption either in their own rights or due to the prompting of males; ‘if cannot beat them you join them’ applies. This gig is fairly placed on men even though there are some cases of “Corrupt womanhood”.
Anytime you hear about Nigeria’s stolen billions it would not be a diversion to factor in how of it is spent on illicit sexual enjoyment or perhaps hedonic waste.