Archive for the ‘Rationality’ Category

Where is the Government of Nigeria (GON) or Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) winning their war against corruption? Nowhere. No strong prosecutions, no convictions, no legislative reforms, no  judicial reforms, no constitutional reforms, simply nothing. All the citizens of Nigeria see are publicity stunts and government-engineered scandals. Is there anything else substantial to show anywhere? Therefore, after all its tough talk, the GON must save face as Nigeria and the rest of the world watches. Recent developments are now verifying the stage-managing of the cash seizures; the money is going back to where it came from directly – the Central Bank of Nigeria. (see http://wp.me/p1bOKH-KW) (more…)

The current sensation in Nigeria is the mysterious discoveries and seizures of large sums of money (mostly foreign currency) found at lying fallow at premium addresses. The discoveries are claimed to be the work of selfless “whistle blowers” at the encouragement of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).and it is expected to show the world that the Government of Nigeria (GON) is winning on its anti-corruption campaign promises. Some highly experience experts in the anti-corruption and crime industry find the discoveries very unlikely and too good to be true. The amazing cash discoveries made by the EFCC credibly appear to be simply clever stage-managed acts of publicity. (more…)

Whether university campus grown fraternities (UCGF) have done either good or evil to societies in their countries of origin (e.g. the USA) is debatable. American-style, without idealisation, their “honour codes” are both formidable and strictly adhered; “honour” among brothers matter inestimably. Interestingly, their Nigerian imitators as ‘free-for-all fraternities’ are observably oblivious to very meaning of honour and devoid of working honour codes. This may be the reason UCGFs in Nigeria are more like “street gangs” than collectives of educated men. (more…)

The existence, approaches and attitudes of the UCGF in everyday matters as well and unusual ones is bifurcated in many senses. Probably the worst form of bifurcation most visible in the conduct of the leadership of UCGFs are their attitudes towards freedom of speech especially criticisms or critiques. In keeping with their “advertised” ideals, tenets and intentions, the leadership of UCGFs find it very easy and expedient to make audacious press releases that brazenly critique or question the failures, incompetence and crimes of the government of the day but are equally extremely punitive and vindictive towards their own members who are brave or naïve enough to point out theirs. What is the place of ‘freedom of speech’ in the traditions and culture of UCGFs? (more…)

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Anytime you hear that a new great ‘developmental project’ is being planned and undertaken by the Government of Nigeria (GON), it is important to identify who the short, medium and long term beneficiaries and losers created will be. Consultants, contractors, traditional land-owners, traditional rulers, government officials, board members and special interests groups are the short, medium and long term beneficiaries with a mix of obscene upfront fees, atrociously inflated contracts, preferential job offerings, generous concessionaire privileges under privatisation and convenient abandonment clauses. The 150 million ‘everyday Nigerians’ who the GON take out odious “development debts” on their behalf without asking them (by default) become the permanent losers but projected as winners by GON. This ‘development’ winners / losers dichotomy has now been moved to nuclear power, oil is failing.

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