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Dasuki As Prayer Point!

Posted: Feb 28, 2016 at 9:29 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Abiodun Komolafe, Osun

Nigeria is a troubled entity and only the Stone of Israel can rescue her!

Not quite long ago in the life of this country, the ‘prayer point’ was Muhammadu Buhari who, in spite of long, tortuous and tricky trials, became the first opposition candidate ever to defeat an incumbent president in a general election. Then, Nigerians appreciated the place and space of providence in the affairs of man. But, less than a year after, Dasuki has tragically become the man to beat!

For all I care, Dasukigate, as it’s now known, is a lesson for leaders who revel in puerile religiosity and wildly unrhymed poetry. As at last count, the former NSA was alleged to have illegally enriched 21 individuals and companies to the tune of N54.659 billion from the $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase, an amount said to be “more than the 2015 Zonal Intervention Project budget by 2.829 billion Naira.” More revelations are not unlikely! But, could anyone have blamed him? In a country where people with neither decency nor honour dictate the pace of affairs; where conspicuous underachievement, unsolicited anxieties and struggle for power crudely compete for space; above all, in a colony of devils where violence is used to resolve violence, where then lies the quest for communal togetherness?

Nigeria, as we speak, carouses the exigencies of flat growth in food production. The economy is in a bad shape. Our facilities are fast decaying even as  people are dying in our ill-equipped and ill-resourced hospitals. Research has shown how 62 people have as much wealth as half of the entire world population, a situation which constrains one to ask: how much money in this world does a man need to be happy? Nigeria is currently ranked world’s 136th most corrupt country and 10th biggest exporter of Illicit Financial Flows (IFF). So far, so worse: about US$157 billion was estimated to have illicitly left the country in the past decade alone. These are not fairy tales but facts on the ground more so as these figures are not plucked from the sky. Coincidentally, corruption hits hardest at the poor who make up more than half of Nigeria’s population.

That Nigeria is one of the products of the “global meltdown” is no longer news. No thanks to the political confusionists and economic rapists whose moral incompetence responsibly disqualifies them as tutors in a viable institution of morality. Talk of civil servants whose salaries and allowances remain unpaid. Sad that this unfortunate situation has made it ‘convenient’ for some governors to become ‘lone rangers’. While some states have had their workforce relieved of their duties for reasons not unconnected with salaries and allowances, parents and guardians in some others are finding it difficult to have their children and wards return to school because they can’t cope with its financial implications.


“Great  things”, according to William Blake, “are done when men and mountains meet.” Good that Buhari’s attempt at strengthening the country’s anti-corruption is not synonymous with “jostling in the street.” Good also that the military, paramilitary organizations, among others are already drinking from the president’s cup of anti-corruption disposition. However, even as the president strives to meet the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance, the need to set the records straight with regard to the US$20 billion allegedly missing from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC account cannot be more apt than now. Not that alone, while there’s an urgent need to give teeth to the Freedom of Information(FoI) Law, Nigerians expect neither let nor hinderance in the prevention of the incidence of illicit financial transactions as well as dealing with them when and where they rear their ugly heads.


Generally speaking, while the president may not be able to direct the wind, he can assuredly adjust the sails. Essentially therefore, apart from reforming our justice system which is currently plagued by complexity and atrocities, religious bodies also have important roles to play in the task of rebuilding this fractured entity. John Cardinal Onaiyekan rightly captured the mood of the moment when he called for “more synergy between government institutions and religious institutions.” But how far our lords spiritual can go especially in a clime where jaundiced propositions catalyze the exacerbation of unmerited solidarity and where men smile with unequalled certitude but revolt with unenviable exactitude remains to be seen.