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WHY DO POLITICIANS STEAL??

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WHY DO POLITICIANS STEAL??

Postby chizor » Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:55 am

Though quite long, i thought it was interesting. God will help us. Enjoy!

Why is there a mad rush for public office in Nigeria ? Let’s toy with a few guesses. One, the desire to serve “my people”. I have heard a lot of politicians say this a million times. It is always the preamble to the declaration of intent. Even those who go for second term usually say that it is the “wish of my people”. A slogan that is becoming increasingly popular is “one good term deserves another”. Good poetry, that is. Two, the desire to “make a difference”. Politicians say things like they have seen the afflictions of the people and they are offering themselves for service so that they can put their expertise and experience to use for the sake of “my people”. Three, “it is our turn”. The other village has had it, the other ethnic group has had it, the other senatorial district has had it. It is now “our turn”. Four, and most interesting: it was “my people” that asked them to run.


The first item on the priority list will be to build a new government house, which is modern and befitting for a governor anywhere in the world. You also need the latest bullet-proof cars, preferably imported from Germany . You may not need another wife, but it is becoming glaring that your wife can no longer handle your libido so you look for several “helpmates”, especially as you now have to be travelling abroad often to look for foreign investors. You are usually alone in First Class aboard the aircraft, so it makes sense to go with a company. No, not your wife all the time.

What next? You start thinking of the next elections so that one good term can deserve another. You need to build up funds. You need to create youth associations that will be singing your praise over the place. You need to have significant interest in the media and entertainment industry so that you can celebrate yourself as much as possible. You need to “encourage” the private sector so that you can round-trip public funds to finance your re-election campaign. You need to reimburse your godfathers and financiers. You need to keep your party very happy. In fact, you have to seize the party machinery as quick as possible. You must be in charge from ward level to state level. You must “settle” the security chiefs and electoral commission bigwigs ahead of the elections. You must buy the latest cars for traditional rulers and their chiefs. You must buy over politicians from the opposing parties so that they can defect or make their parties available for your use. It’s a matter of cash, Your Excellency.
With this huge bill on your neck, it makes sense that you have to raise funds to satisfy your libido and ego. Will the money fall from heaven? Not yet. Will it grow on the trees behind your house? Not sure. Most likely, it will come from the state treasury. So you sit down and prepare a budget for education, health, electrification, ecology, security and other items of interest. You also make sure council funds don’t go to them; just give them enough money to pay salaries and settle a few bills. Prepare a very good budget. Send it to the legislature for appropriation
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Meanwhile, you must pay “appropriation allowance” to the lawmakers, if not the budget will not see the moon of the night. Or the light of the day.
All contracts must be awarded by you and through you. If you budget N3 billion for health, make sure you take half of it and transfer it to some personal accounts. Then the remaining half should be judiciously shared among your commissioners, directors in the ministry, the permanent secretary and other leeches. Make sure at least N50 million gets to the state hospital. The Chief Medical Officer will have to cut his own share, as well as his fellow directors. Therefore, there will be no drugs in the hospital, even though, officially, the drugs have been “purchased” and “disbursed”.
Also, if you want to award a road contract worth about N1 billion, increase the bill to N2.5 billion. Award it to your politician friend or your front who will kick N1.5 billion back to you instantly. The best way to go about it is to make sure no road is constructed, or the same road is constructed again and again, perhaps 20 times during your first time. That will fetch you a handsome sum.Having built up significant funds ahead of your election, you can now begin to spend more time abroad. You visit South Africa . What a beautiful country compared to yours. The best way to make sense out of it is to buy one or two houses there, so that when you run into some harsh climate at home, you can escape for fresh air, even if only for one week, in company of those tiny girls who fly first class with you. Who likes stress? You come from a country where the roads are rough, the hospitals are horrible, the electricity is erratic (to use a mild word), and education is empty. So why not send your children to school abroad? Why not spend more time in Europe , America and South Africa to escape the stress? Will you allow humility to kill you? Even ordinary mortals send their children to school abroad, much less Your Excellency, the Executive Governor.


Oh gosh, you also forgot to build for the future. Having amassed enough financial resources to run for another term in office and having bought houses abroad and stashed a couple of millions of dollars away for “official use”, you need to make sure you are not like the governors of the First Republic or Second Republic who shrank in size after their terms of office. You must have enough wealth to last you for a lifetime. So, buy a bank. Set up an airline. Buy up shares in telecoms companies. Secure your future and that of your children and grand children, and great grand children. Start a wealthy dynasty. Your descendants must not know poverty again!
After serving “my people” for two terms, you can now relax and enjoy the rest of your life. On your way from the parade ground after handing over to your successor, please close your eyes. Don’t see the potholes that have become deeper and broader after your eight years in office. Do not look at the children hawking on the streets to keep their families alive. Do not give a damn in the world about the schools that remain dilapidated after eight years of budgeting and appropriation.


Do not bother yourself about dozens of communities without water, access roads and electricity—eight years after you decided to answer the call of “my people”. Find better things to do than to start worrying about the fact that the billions of naira you “made” while in government could have turned your state into the “mini-London” you so much admire and nearly bought up. Please, there are more important things to worry about in life.
By the way, if you are called upon to serve again, do not hesitate. Your country needs you. Heartless looter
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Postby shaded » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:19 am

This is excellent. Perfect illustration of the Nigerian system. But wait do you think any politician reading this would have a conscience? I doubt it they are hardened and their children too. A girl I know who comes from this background once told me that there was no problem with Nigeria and she did not know why people like me are suffering abroad. Meanwhile this girl was given a plum job in Niger, a job she did not even bother applying for. She was just told to report on a certain date. By the way did I mention that she did not do youth service?
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Postby chizor » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:56 am

WOW! SHe actually said that?

Meanwhile, if i go back to naij after a few years would i have to do nysc? 8O It wont apply to me abi? i understand that after a certain age, people wont be required to do it.

i also understand that if i am recruited from here, i wont have to do it either. please, someone tell me im right.
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