And fathers? They are supposed to take a hard stance against their children’s misdemeanor (no matter how little) to avoid the embarrassment of a tainted name. Gov. Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and former Minister of Foreign Affairs was reported to have said at an occasion that ‘what we say about ourselves is taken overseas by resident ambassadors to their various countries which in turn bring about bad image for the entire country’. I am left to wonder if these two Governors believe their own statements, considering that they are both highly educated and exposed!
My take from their position is that if there are no bad press reports, then all is well with us and for us, regardless of what we do and that all the ambassadors and the embassies officials do, is to read and listen to our news report to form their opinion on the state of our nation. I don’t think they would waste their resources only to come and listen to our media reports, that would be a stupid thing to do.
While I agree that some of our screaming headlines can be alarming and sometimes causes one to wonder what they are intended to achieve, the orgy of display of ill gotten riches on our streets, on television in the name of some obscene and perverted celebrations ( weddings, birthdays, burials, remembrances, thanks-giving, etc) against the background of decaying public utilities and falling standard of everything are more of proof of corruption that can be picked up by both the sighted and the unsighted. The international community knows exactly what we have earned as revenue since independence and when juxtaposed against our level of development, there can be only one explanation; ‘Corruption’! These Ambassadors are eye witnesses to the obscene and wicked display of stolen wealth by the characters that rule us!
‘Corruption’ is the word and amongst its synonyms are dishonesty, fraud, bribery, sleaze and vice ! Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary even defines it as wicked behavior’. Just take a look around us, it is everywhere.
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