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Virtue, they say, is the moral excellence of a person. A virtue is a trait valued as being good. The conceptual opposite of virtue is vice. Unselfishness, truthfulness or honesty, morality, honesty, compassion, moderation, commitment, modesty, acceptance, etc are all virtues recognised by major religious faiths, and indeed by many cultures all over the world. Vice is a practice or habit that is considered immoral, depraved, and/or degrading in the associated society. It includes, among others, corruption, insincerity, diffidence, greed, selfishness, favoritism, callousness, excesses, irresponsibility, denial, vanity, indifference, stupidity, etc.
One thing that is very certain in Nigerian politics today is that our politicians never disappoint you with their total lack of virtues, antics or utterances. In most cases, the antics are absurd and devoid of any integrity, while their utterances are inane and devoid of any sense of responsibility or knowledge. They are completely mired in vice, some of which, of course include corruption and lack of morals. Hence, the unfortunate situation we find ourselves today in
It is common these days to find a politician or civil servant who goes to church or the mosque everyday to pray to God or Allah, yet when they get to the office on Monday morning, all that is in their heads is how to misappropriate or embezzle money that they are supposed to expend to improve the lot of their people. But they want the money for themselves only. They therefore contravene not only the laws of Man, but that of the Creator too.
Anyway, the comedy and the farce are over. Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, the over-promoted, under-qualified ex-first daughter, who should never have been within a million miles of the Nigerian Senate, is back in the “hallowed” chambers, and all is forgiven. The truth is that the Senate, as a democratic body has damaged its credibility and sincerity of purpose by welcoming her back without so much as a slap on the wrist.
So, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo, who after several months in hiding and playing hide and seek game with the EFCC, appeared before the courts and was granted bail. She then went to her
She would say that, wouldn’t she? They all do say that, don’t they? Alamieyeseigha said that, Atiku is saying that, Ibori is saying that, and ALL the other corrupt ex-Governors, indicted former ministers, senators, etc involved in numerous scandals being exposed on a daily basis in
For this woman to have the gut and insult all Nigerians is very galling. But then, there is a lot of precedent. They all insult us, these crooked and shameless politicians. Here is a woman, the ex-first daughter of
Controversy has been following her since. She used a fake name (impersonation) to get some contracts, and she got away with it – only in
I understand that on her first day back in the Senate, after her hiding, she was given a standing ovation in the chambers. Shame on them all. But then, they would do that, wouldn’t they? They are all the same – they spend the better part of their time not carrying out what they are elected for, but busy chasing contracts all over
I was intrigued by the gall of this lady, who will never qualify for a beauty contest, not to talk of win it. Her father’s girlfriend in the House of Representatives tried the same ruse, but failed. Iyabo is also thinking she will get away with it, (and she may well get away with it for now) but eventually, even if all her cohorts and fellow travellers in corruption hang on and cover each other up as much as they like, one day will be one day.
At the reception held for her by her “kinsmen and women”, she further went on to say she has never stolen any money from the people of
But you see, Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello is not a thief, or rather, not an ordinary thief. She took loans to do all these. She did business to do all these. Not a single kobo came from the people of
Yes, she could say that, and we have to agree too, after all, the case is still in court and she has not been pronounced guilty as charged. The Lord have mercy on her. She had better not seek to run for another time as a senator. The people of her constituency,
This woman has not learnt anything because nobody – the Senate, the Nigerian government, her father, her people – has taught her anything. She has not been made to face any music. She has not been severely reprimanded for her many indiscretions and misdemeanours. She has not been taught how to be ashamed and embarrassed for wrong-doing. She has not been taught a lesson in civility, servitude and remorse. She is not aware of the damage she has done to the name of
This is true of all our leaders, past and present, to the cost of their long-suffering, helpless and downtrodden people. They just take us for granted, and they have been doing so since our independence. They do not have any sense of responsibility either for their actions or towards their people. All they have is arrogance and corruption on their mind. They believe that the people will do nothing and will continue to do nothing despite their gross misbehaviour. (It is not longer a simple matter of misbehaviour; it has become criminal genocide, because a lot of Nigerians are losing their lives, directly or indirectly, as a result of their actions or inactions).
I am not sure those jokers and idiots who call themselves Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are aware of the implication or significance of Iyabo’s farce. It is a direct indictment of the Nigerian Senate. Iyabo has brought the Nigerian Senate into disrepute. She has demonstrated that the whole chamber is nothing but a huge, expensive joke on Nigerian. The Nigerian Senate is a laughing stock of the democratic world, but they do not realise it nor do they care.
We must no longer tolerate them or their behaviour. And if you ask me, one way of doing this is to ensure we do not re-elect those of them seeking further terms in 2011 or whenever. We have to continue making them realise that
This is not only for Iyabo, but so many other politicians of her ilk. We often delude ourselves by saying that only a few people are holding
Let the truth be said always.