By Naphtali Ukamwa
“He who must fight a monster must be ready for blood – either you kill it or you are killed by it.”–Naphtali Ukamwa
In the procreation and hierarchy of monsters, one monster borns another and each monster depends on another for its existence until we get to the “grund monster” – the father of all the monsters. In our contemporary era, it has become difficult to locate some monsters/ although they exist, but their fount/parents are still unknown. Also, some monsters have gone to extinction because the lost their progenitorial fount –they fail to procreate and keep the lineage of monsters in ceaseless longevity.
The nitty-gritty of this article borders on a question raised by one sagacious fellow: How many monsters will be born in order to make Nigeria a better place? The Nigerian political landscape is characterized by progenitors and offspring’s of monstrous beings whom by virtue of their activities have instilled unholy fears in Nigerians. In fact, the ignorant Nigerians celebrate these monsters as political war lords. These monsters in politics, religion, education and everywhere had done and are still doing harm to this nation.
The Buhari Administration has vowed to nab and curb these monsters. The million questions is, how many of these monsters can be nabbed, tamed and curbed? There are many monsters than there are many and sufficient paraphernalia to catch them. Where lie the grand monsters? The EFCC can never dare to dare the “grund monsters”. All they have done even together with our security forces is to catch petty monsters and dare not dare the grand monsters.
For instance, when President Buhari ordered the reopening of the case file of the Halliburton Scandal, all well meaning Nigerians were very excited. I put it to Nigerians that there is no need for celebration until the war is won. The scandal features great monsters but we still do not know who the “grund monster” is. The president’s directive was a product of the US demand that Nigeria must prosecute all suspects of the Halliburton bribery and Scandal before the US can join other European Countries to help Nigeria scoop all 141million dollars allegedly stolen Sent from my iPad
Where lies the grund monster? The Halliburton Scandal is allegedly traceable to at least the Abacha’s administration. According to security sources, the panel of investigation set up for this scandal shows that the scandal features a former head of state, a former vice president, two former group managing directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
We must not forget too soon that the Jonathan Administration had carried out a kangaroo trial, which brought a former special assistant on domestic Affairs to a former president before the court, but the process was botched by political meanderings. In June 20, 2005, an unnamed U.S. source said that the Halliburton Scandal is “probably the most significant file of corruption” known in Washington today. All said and done, the grund monsters of the Halliburton Scandal are still in cloak. Can Buhari dare these Monsters?
The NNPC is another household of corporate monsters. The out looks and hierarchy of its monsters are so elusive that its grund monsters look like innocent doves– where lies the grund monster? The barrels of oil stolen (or “taken” as they sometimes put it) are unaccounted for. Recently, the NNPC released 26.5million dollars (plea bargaining money) to shield itself from prosecution. That is how smart these monsters can be.
Once again, in June 20, 2005, an unnamed U.S. source said that the Halliburton Scandal is “probably the most significant file of corruption” known in Washington today.
President Buhari and all Nigerian anti-corruption movements must be ready for a fierce democratic war of justice against corruption. He who must fight a monster must be ready for blood – either you kill it or you are killed by it.
Published by Teni Akeju