Ignorance of the Ruling Elite. 

Since, the word “stealing”, evolved into the word “corruption”, Nigerians are having some difficulties understanding the denials and defense of those who may be culpable of wrongdoings in the past. A ‘thief’ has a name in all our local/native tongues. 

What should/do we call a corrupt person in our native tongue? Smart? 

Until we find an ugly and repulsive name for a corrupt person, the term, “corruption” will never strike us as bad and hard as it should.
We will continue to wave it off or forgive it as we’ve often done in the past and the social/moral cancer will continue to metastasize. 

Stage 1: denial; 

stage 2: defend; 

stage 3: ignorance; 

stage 4: extended comatose ; 

stage 5: death. 

Stages 1 and 3 can conveniently change positions depending on whether the principal player(s) is enlightened, educated, privileged or not. 
For the records, according to Dictionary.com, corruption means :

– the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.

– moral perversion; depravity.

– perversion of integrity.

– corrupt or dishonest proceedings.

– bribery.

– debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.

– a debased form of a word.

– putrefactive decay; rottenness.

– any corrupting influence or agency.

All these have happened and we all watched. 

Corruption is therefore a syndrome and any attempt to isolate or compartmentalize it, will be an over-simplification of a very complex issue. 

We are at that stage now and it is sad. 

Do we have a window of opportunity? Maybe. 

Africa Arise.                                                      It has long passed the time for Africa to rise. May this generation not be the timid, beggary generation we were.  May this generation be rich in ideas, contentment, useful energy, generosity that enriches and enables the other person, etc. May this generation be so enriched with things money cannot buy that they are not contemptuous of each other or greedy with pride and arrogance. They will never be ignorant and not want to grow and increase their knowledge of the world around them. They must share and contribute to each other’s perspective for the good and evil in the world is too big for one person to own and apportion or bear alone. Each must contribute more to the commonwealth (through ideas, energy, resources, et cetera) than he/she takes away. Let them step on the shoulders of the magnanimous souls that are still alive so they can look farther into and beyond the horizon beckoning at them to come and explore the vista ahead. Africa has the youth, the arena is vast, the market is huge. Above all, the willingness is palpable, the spiritedness is infectious and time beacons. It is liberating to feel this moment. Awake Africa!