A COUNTRY AMONG THISTLES.

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I often sit down to wonder the kind of country we are. I’ve often heard my parents lament on how Ghanaians that was sent away by Nigeria has overtaken her and become a tree under whose canopy Nigerians find shelter. I’ve always wondered why my country keep moving in circles even after so many reforms and developmental projects. I wonder how the founding fathers of the country would have felt if they were to be alive. I’ve always asked myself over and over again what the problem is. Is the problem with the leaders? We’ve had so many of them ranging from military to civilian! We’ve had leaders from all parts of the country! Yet, we still suffer, our fathers still work round the clock even in their old age and there is still nothing to justify their labour! What then could be wrong? The people? Of course, there are many ‘good’ people in the country. Perhaps I’m wrong. I look at ministries and parastatals and even the constitution, I see a very beautiful framework for an efficient administration. Why then is our one plus one not equal to two? Even the unborn child knows Nigeria is blessed with tons of Social amenities! But why is a country highly favoured finding it so difficult to thrive? Why is a Fifty Seven year old Nigeria finding it so difficult to crawl talk less of walk? This country is expected to always be on a front row among countries, why then is she contending for a seat on the back benches?

In my quest for answers, I got an insightful letter that opened my eyes to what is really going on. I thought I knew much but was awestruck at how little I know about my father land. This letter was addressed to the President of Nigeria  by Dr. Ibe Kachukwu who happens to be the present Minister of state, petroleum resources, chairman of the NNPC board and immediate past Group Managing Director(G.M.D) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(N.N.P.C).

In his letter, titled “Matters of insubordination and lack of adherence to due process perpetuated by the GMD NNPC- Dr. Baru”. He exposed the acts of his successor who has been jumping protocols in discharging his responsibilities. He pointed out the reposting and reorganisation done by Dr. Baru who is expected to be responsible to the NNPC board without consultation at all. I quote, “the previous reorganizations and reposting done since Dr. Baru resumed as GMD. I was never given the opportunity before the announcements. This is so, despite being Minister of State of Petroleum and chairman, NNPC board”.  He added that appointments to anticipated vacant positions due to retirement of senior workers, which should be subject to the ratification of board was announced by Dr. Baru without consultation to the board. “He proceeded to announce the appointments without consultation or Board concurrence”. Dr. Ibe also mentioned a legal and procedural requirement that demanded that all contracts above $20m is to be reviewed and approved by the board of the NNPC but the GMD went on with several contracts that costed billions of dollars without review or discussion with the NNPC board. He also mentioned how the GMD failed to honour his meeting invitations on many occasions.

This hit me so hard and I began to imagine why a ministry that is the backbone of the country’s economy should go through such!. The reality then dawned on me that the problem we have is that we try to boycott what is necessary and do things the way we want so as to fulfil our selfish desires. The bureaucratic process may be so stressful and tasking, yet it is necessary for smooth running and transparency in government. We keep calling God to come to our rescue us when the problem is us. Nigeria is a country that wants to thrive, germinate and be fruitful but unfortunately, she is wrongly placed among thorns and thistles which are chocking her and preventing her from growing. How can we get rid of these thistles and thorns? How can we prevent this country from being chocked to death? How can our father land leave the crawling stage and start walking? Do feel free to share your views in the comment section.

 By Aina Joseph Oluwagbogo.

9 thoughts on “A COUNTRY AMONG THISTLES.

  1. When resources turn to curses, the utilization is questioned.
    People become leaders, therefore Nigeria at 57 is a portrait painted nationally ( government and general populace)
    While there is still hope, time is running against us.

  2. Well such is our country, NIGERIA! You may wish to see what I humbly posted on FB on 04/10/17 on our undefined or ill-defined “CHANGE”.
    NIGERIA’S UNDEFINED OR ILL-DEFINED CHANGE!!!
    WHEN CHANGE IS MENTIONED ANYWHERE; OUR MINDS GO FOR VARIATION OF THINGS IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION. BUT IN NIGERIA, THE REVERSE IS THE CASE. THE SLOGAN IN THE COUNTRY IS: “CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME” with the ultimate aim or objective to curb corruption. To be FRANK, has there been any positive change in the country since the change slogan came on board? Rather, our woes become worse off. We are now paying higher for any public utility: power, water, transport, education, etc and get less services in the midst of NO OR VERY MUCH DELAYED SALARIES, coupled with hyper inflation. Who or What covers the gap between the non-paid salaries and the hyper-inflated food items/services? THE WAY FORWARD: Just ensure a turn around maintenance of our refineries to the extent that we export more of petroleum products rather than the crude which will be of benefit to all and sundry rather than the current cabal arrangement; we will just witness a fast reduction in corruption that will result from a positive change. We should stop LIP SERVICE or DECEPTIVE PROPAGANDA to innocent people and the nation. Once GOVERNMENT and her services are felt by the masses; corruption becomes a thing of the past, insecurity becomes PEACE and SAFETY which will lead to PROGRESS. God has Blessed NIGERIA to bless other nations. Please, HELP to actualize God’s plan for the country and not to negate it. I REST MY CASE FOR NOW according to our Learned men of the Legal profession.

    1. Nice proposition. But to what extent is the government ready to work towards a turnaround?.. I believe these people contested with the main aim of enriching their purses.

  3. What Nigerians doesn’t know is that this administration meant well for Nigerians.Let us be patient. The end justifies the means.

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  5. Certainly, Nigeria is blessed and endowed with mineral resources, agreed. But truth be said, Nigeria had fallen under a phylum of a ‘prodigal son’.Several parastatal that possess a kinda political clout and is separate or joined in any form with the FG, but whose activities serve the state directly or indirectly have been assigned several responsibilities, each to oversee the conducts of its subordinate and to check mate or curb excesses. For instances senate plenaries are held once in a while,for no tangible reason at times, and each one is paid a very fat salary. It’s no news that they are very well paid, earning much than the world’s president. Wao! it’s appalling how an individual who had worked month finds it so hard to cater for the family….
    But obviously, our so-called officials and delegated authorities meant to enforce the standards for checks and balances for effective and accurate flow of activities are the the brain behind this anomalies. Individuals have roles to play, fine, but trust me,we are in a state where the term “In the country of the blind one eyed man is their king” is a similar scenario for the present condition of Nigeria. Permit me to say, we are so dumb and follow dogmatically the leadings of our political leaders,and they in turn lead wrongly just to enrich their purses.
    Fine, we should pray, but praying alone can’t just move mountains,i.e,cognitive and logical decisions has to be made right from the acme, cuz once stuffs are pretty right from the executive realm, definitely the masses would have no choice but to follow suit, provided it’s appropriate.

  6. To me the reason behind Nigeria growing among thistles and thorns is because our leaders who created the same bureaucratic process of governance like you mentioned are not willing to follow it. And that is why everyone like a scattered sheep is doing what he or she seems to be right in his or her own eyes. Apart from the NNPC issue you raised, there are other instances where our leaders have neglected the right path. For instance, the present administration at its inception neglected the constitutional principle of federal character and that was why many of its appointments were said to be lopsided and based on geographical partisan.
    As a a result of this, I cannot in any way say the present administration is out there to fight corruption amidst all this worrisome charges of tribalism, financial recklessness etc.
    I think it’s a wrong idea trying to say that God will come down from Heaven to vindicate us when in actuality, we are the ones causing the problem for ourselves.
    Conclusively, I’ld end this write-up by aligning myself with the Yoruba adage that literally says ,”You carry your luggage first before beckoning on a passerby to assist you”.

  7. We can see the president PMB is working buy the green snakes under his green grass won’t allow us see it. I support the fight against corruption. Long live PMB

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