Being a Grateful Nigerian in the Midst of Corruption
As Nigerians I know it is challenging to embrace gratitude in the midst of corruption. We just found out NNPC awarded $25 billion worth of contracts without the knowledge of the board. When the Minister of state for Petroleum wrote to the president, there was no response. The GMD, Dr. Maikanti Baru of NNPC said he answers to the president who is the minister of petroleum. I think Kachichukwu and Baru are friends now…something fishy there don’t you think? All this while the president wants the house of assembly to approve a $5 billion loan. Sometimes it is frustrating for us Nigerians to understand and have to do the government’s job to sustain our communities.
The Governor of Imo state also erected a statue of Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa. This is a someone known for corruption in South Africa with the Gupta Brothers. There is a known investigation of these allegations. This same idol that the Imo state Governor looks up to enough to erect a statue was almost impeached!!! Frustrations like these makes it hard to be grateful to be Nigerian.
Let us understand this, Nigeria is still the giant of Africa. We are still the hope for the continent. We as Nigerian citizens have the confidence and gravitas to take risks and enjoy the rewards. Our accent is one of the best in the world (I have no idea why we try to change it). When I go to the airport and barely understand what the flight announcer is saying because she’s blending her beautiful accent with an European or American accent. If she is your relative please tell her to stop. We are strong and resilient and make the best of the hand dealt to us and feed our families. We are the hope for tomorrow; Let us be grateful for what we have so we can receive more.