by Stanley Azuakola
In terms of stories, BOOs and Scoopinions on The Scoop, this week was simply brilliant. Lots and lots of beautifully written pieces, well crafted lines and deep thoughts.
In case you missed it or you’re just joining The Scoop party, here are the 7 most clicked stories this week. Enjoy.
No excerpt can accurately capture this revealing infographic by The BudgIT team. Click on the link and see how much the FG has been allocating to the police since 2007. And do some comparisons too. Importantly, don’t forget to join the team for another BudgIT Wednesday in the coming week.
Nigeria, known as a land of oil corruption and the ubiquitous 419 email scams, is the biggest surprise to a first time visitor. Nigerians are entrepreneurial, stylish, educated, and have the belief that their country can emerge as the next Brazil.
“CAN is now being run as part of the government and we said no. Because they (government) will dictate to us what to do and they will not take our advice seriously. The Catholic Church decided to withdraw from the activities of CAN at national level; we are still part of the state. We made our stand clear in November, last year, and by December, the man bought a jet. I don’t know how he got it but the president was there on that day the jet was delivered to him.”
Meanwhile, Omokri also said that according to the World Bank, the poverty level in Nigeria has decreased from a whopping 48 percent of the population to a whopping 46. He said this is a sign that the president should be allowed to rule Nigeria for at least 12 terms. “It’s simple logic,” he said. “If in two years, he has reduced poverty by 2 percent, then in 4 years, it will fall by 4 percent. If we give him 12 terms (a total of 48 years), he would eradicate poverty in Nigeria from 48 to zero percent.”
Today, Nigerian policemen and women are reviled and ridiculed as the face of official corruption. It is more complicated than that. My dad was one of the first set of Mobile Police, trained to die for Nigeria. Today, in the winter of his life, Nigeria will not pay him his pension.
There is a growing trend which follows from the ill state of our society – every time the inadequacies and corruption of the government is exposed, Nigerians embark on the “what can we do to make a difference?” discussion. And this has inadvertently become a subtle endorsement of corruption. We no longer ask for the rule of law nor ask further questions on what happened to funds appropriated for public projects. We should proffer solutions as though the present government is ready for change. How many committees and reports have been swept under the presidential carpets?