Politics in Nigeria: Washing Dirty Linen in Public

The first answer you are likely to get from a person practising political apathy in Nigeria is that politics is a dirty game. It is a game of either you are here or there: a do or die affair. The Nigerian political space has not for long been associated with honour with politicians who do more to dent the image of Nigerians at the international scene - maybe a different type of political system is being studied in the first world countries. 

Politics, everywhere, is a dirty game, but these countries somehow know how to conduct themselves. For Nigeria, politicians only know how to display their show of shame to the public. Or how is a supposedly father and possibly grandparent caught on camera exchanging blows in the assemblies that are expected to serve as the law making house? Somewhat in 2016, the maze was taken when the plenary section was still ongoing by some senators. The budget of the nation was also missing in the National Assembly. That was unprecedented in the history of the country. I call these politicians 'yahoo boys' in 'agbada.'
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which was founded in 2003 by the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo is a Nigerian law enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes such as advance fee fraud (419 fraud) and money laundering. Although, in existence since 2003, we have seen only fragments of them as they perform, but not up to expectations. In 2018, it was reported that the EFCC had the highest numbers of concluded corruption cases with the Nigeria Judiciary Council (NJC).

As noted earlier, Nigerian politicians share a sibling-like relationships with corruption. On May 2016, the former British prime minister, David Cameron was caught saying on camera that Nigeria was 'fantastically' corrupt. This was not surprising as that was the impression that had been created by our politicians. In 2015, one of the campaign promises of President Muhammadu Buhari was that he would rid the country of the corruption syndrome. I must note that the war against corruption is not in anyway won. We have just being promoted from the worst to the bad.

When you think you have seen it all, Politicians with their clownish nature would find a way to 'amuse' you, full of tricks and stunts. Diepreye Alamieseyegha, a former governor of Bayelsa state was arrested in the United Kingdom on count charges of money laundering. Hours after his arrest, he escaped to Nigeria disguised as a woman. This was a criminal thing to do for a supposedly ambassador of the country. Though he was later arrested by the Nigerian government, but this singular act has already left a stain on the country's white garment.

Do not forget so easily the  drama Ayodele Fayose, the former governor of Ekiti state played with the EFCC. In 2012, the court ordered the closure of Fayose's two bank accounts with Zenith bank and also the forfeiture of some his properties because it was said to be acquired with illegally shared money by Dasuki, the then National security adviser. Due to his immunity as a sitting governor, he could not be arrested or charged to court. When his tenure was almost over, he made a promise to present himself to the EFCC's office. Yes, he did make himself present just hours after he handed over to Kayode Fayemi donned in a customised 'EFCC here I am' vest alongside his cohorts in PDP and some gullible youths. Many said his move was a bold one. Maybe, Or probably he was supposed to be pelted with stones.

Nigeria politicians have recently inculcated the habit of faking illnesses and diseases that had not manifested while they launder and stash away the nation's fund in foreign accounts. It is hard to forget so quickly the case of Allison Maduekwe who after milking the country dry was suddenly diagnosed of cancer at a time when she was supposed to face the music of her actions. The recent one was Maina who also suddenly developed a strange illness when his case was in court. His didn't hold any weight that much but because he was sentenced anyway.

As citizens of Nigeria, I think it is time we rose up from our slumbers and fought this corruption and its agent before it sinks us all.

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