Celebrating Cap’n Blood’s Birthday with Him Yesterday, as I was making octopus pepper soup, I had a sip of seaweed kinkana, a mild alcoholic spirit. Paramole had given me the…
Black Spots and Human Rights
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the First Time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been – Hannah Arendt
When punishment becomes too common or an overused resort, it is evidence of an ill-governed organisation, institution, or brethren dependent on wielding the stick to hide the visible inefficiencies and corruption of its leadership and its day-to-day affairs. The rottener the brethren, the more punishment meted out to its members. Innocence or guilt do not count in the decisions of punishment. The errors arising from such vague decisions are not to hold the brethren back. We are talking about oppression here. (more…)
Lying and Recovery of Nigeria’s Loot
It is very brazen political lying to equate the refund of stolen funds to the state with political success or successful anti-corruption. Effective correction, detection and prevention are the all-round benchmarks of successful anti-corruption for any given democracy. Only proper correction can make precise detection worthwhile, which in turn makes adequate prevention robust. The recovery of stolen is the supererogatory part of the correction and legal punishment the obligatory part.
The successful prosecution and conviction of corrupt persons for corrupt practices without any recovery are also deemed successful anti-corruption. “Big theft, Big punishment” should be the motto of any serious anti-corruption government, not recovery. The recovery of stolen funds without formal legal correction is at best dysfunctional just like a car without wheels is dysfunctional. Recovery may be impressive in a backward country or to liars and the naïve but not in a civilised one or to politically aware people because there is an understanding of the impacts of “structural traumas of corruption “A political lie has started to unravel. (more…)
Fraternities are Viruses in Nigeria 11 – Slavery?
To be in a UCGF (University Campus Grown Fraternity) member in 2017 under the terms and conditions they operate in recent times is unusual. Of their free will, you become a slave unless you are a “Slave Master” or his favoured client. The fight to be a slave master is the goal of many an unwitting ambitious UCGF member or rookie, except where does it get them? (See: Nothingness: Fraternity Ladder Ambitions http://wp.me/p1bOKH-zC). (more…)
The Leadership of a Bad Brother – Angle 4
Everyday people in this everyday world of ours bear witness to everyday evil and wickedness. Every single day, direct or indirect. To be consistent and confident in nefarious acts, one has to have some sort of power and loads of impunity to float it. Spectacular evil in the name of power is something we see on television. It is carried out by large organisations and many rich countries of the world with thoughts of empire in question. Or do extremists exact it? How about the non-spectacular evils of the power-seeking bullies that affect us in insidious ways every day? The fourth instalment of The Leadership of a Bad Brother is further emphatic witness; (more…)