Let me confess: I am confused. You may want to know why. I usually do a review of exchanges on my posts during the night and I still don’t know why some of my compatriots feel when you insist on things being done properly in relation to dealing with suspected looters, thieves and social deviants you are supporting them. I am at a loss! I just could not see the connection.
It is like an average Nigerian does not have stomach for due and painstaking process. We are so used to jackboot approach to solving issues. Even private matters. How many Nigerians sue his fellow citizens? Very, very few. If you have issues with a fellow citizen and you have a military man as friend, you prefer going to carry soldiers to solve private matters. Your fellow citizen’s rights are trampled upon, he is brutalised, his ego is seriously wounded all because a business deal between you went awry. Your neighbour is owing you and you report to police and they arrest him and detain him for days. All you need to do is drop some few thousands of naira with the police, and fundamental human rights of a fellow citizen are abridged. Why? He is owing you N50,000! You bring police to his house to search without a VALID search warrant and you are outside, showing how ‘connected’ you are while policemen “are doing their work”!
You are owing your landlord two months house rent and he disconnects your light and water. It is after doing that that he will now get a lawyer to serve you quit notice! Can you imagine?
A contributor asked me yesterday: is there is no process guiding disbursement of public funds. Yes there is. But that can NEVER prevent stealing of public funds! And like I explained to him, by nature human beings are NEGATIVITY-INCLINED. We will rather our children are trained by a private school owner without we paying. Despite you seeing cars being impounded, you still want to face one-way because you are in a hurry. Despite the former storekeeper being sacked for stealing, it won’t prevent you from stealing company property. “The former storekeeper was not sharp enough joor,” the devil inside you will be goading you on. Beyond money. Your friend was killed because of overspeeding but that was not enough to prevent you from doing 180 km per hour at Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. “Segun didn’t know how to drive” that devil inside you will be there to encourage you.
Has corruption stopped in Abuja as we speak? Have people stopped stealing? Have they stopped inflating contracts? So no minister has made extra money all this while? No money has been diverted? Some aides or the president have not helped themselves to some few millions? I have heard of some big guys who have “benefitted” massively from this government. Albeit dishonestly. Human being will forever be one! Just that when there us crime, there is punishment as PRESCRIBED by the law.
That is why, no matter how much he breaks the law, man WILL ALWAYS HAVE RIGHTS UNDER THE SAME LAW! You don’t have the right to take the life of your driver who stole your N5m. Even if the stealing prevented you from saving another life! You will face the music.
Our insistence is that these rights mentioned above, AS THEY RELATE TO REGULATING OUR PUBLIC CONDUCT must always be respected IRRESPECTIVE of who is involved.
And it starts with the way we relate with ourselves and how authorities treat us. We are not under military rule.