In the Kingdom of Billiongate, only the Guilty are Afraid!

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Nigeria’s past definitely has a link to her present, and may well indeed impart on her future.  Thus, the dead weight of that past must be lifted so as to avoid the persistent and pathetic Nigerian way of transmitting roguery, greed and corruption from one generation to the next.  Also, a person’s political or ideological philosophies or dogma should not be a cover up for malfeasance

Nigeria’s past definitely has a link to her present, and may well indeed impart on her future.  Thus, the dead weight of that past must be lifted so as to avoid the persistent and pathetic Nigerian way of transmitting roguery, greed and corruption from one generation to the next.  Also, a person’s political or ideological philosophies or dogma should not be a cover up for malfeasance.

1.         19+19+ L+£ +Y+H+I+X= N?

2.         19+60+A+Y+H+I+X=N*

3.         19+86+I+B+B= -N

4.         20+7+G+E+J= $m+b

5.         20+15+M+B=CG+E+J-$∑@billiongate?

Ab initio, this writer cautions that the above doesn’t add up or feature in any scientific/mathematical formula.  Thus, whether you are Chike Obi or Stephen Hawking, an attempt to decode the above formula will be an exercise in futility. It is not a scientific formula.  It is simply a formula that defines reality, perception and persuasion of, and on Nigeria, past, present and, perhaps its future.  It is a formula that renames Nigeria, kingdom of “Billiongate” given the riveting and neurotic saga.

Depending on a person’s avowed persuasion, a major point of divergence of opinion and standard of rating Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari’s (PMB) regime has been, the accusation that his government is embarking on a partisan, politically motivated – lop-sided witch-hunt – a vendetta of sorts.

Beneath the veneer of crying witch-hunt lies the guilty, the fearful brigade!  Indeed, fearful in every sense of the word!  A person’s political or ideological philosophies or dogma should not be a cover up for malfeasance.

To digress, unlike the beautiful ABCD rhyme that we all sang happily as kids, many Nigerians are learning new rhymes, billionsuki, billionkpesi, billionzani, and billionmasa!   Given the new rhyme, this writer wishes to enlist the Marvin clan to change their signature tune or perhaps loan the “Dorobucci” tune to Nigeria.

A new song is hereby proposed and I chose to copyright it. Lol!

Billion suki, billion Masa, billion zani, billion kpesi, billion Raki, billion duah, billion pepe, billion polo, billion sore, billion luko, billion kupe, billion bode, billion ukur, billion yode, billion echi, billion jaga, billion fixit, billion wike, billion kpesi pass anybody wey don de thief before

Refrain:            Billionkpesi pass anybody wey don de thief before,

Billionsuki na better mallam wey don de gate before,

Billionzani na diva wey no dey ‘speak’ before

Billionpepe sabi grammar pass any anybody wey speak oyibo before  ©

To return to the serious issue of accountability in ‘Billiongate’, persons on the other side question why PMB is probing only Goodluck Jonathan’s (GEJ) government.  Simply put, the scope, expanse and sheer magnitude of stealing is earth quaking. It feels surreal, almost like fiction.  Sadly, current narratives are clear indication of ‘reality’ in the kingdom of billiongate.

Unapologetically as part of the opposing view camp (though billiongate is not fiction), this writer chooses to invoke the words of a famous fiction & thriller writer René Lodge Brabazon Raymond – (aka James Hadley Chase), ‘The guilty are afraid’, and here’s why:

  • GEJ’s government spent nearly 8 years in office and could {should} have investigated, or probed past governments if they perceived misappropriation or impropriety.  This is doubtful, since for GEJ, stealing, was not corruption.  As Mohammed Sahnoun rightly coined, action or inaction results in an epoch termed – ‘Missed Opportunities’. GEJ created such an era within Nigeria’s history.  Unfortunately, within the confines of immunity and conceding election, Nigeria’s new rhyme may not have a luckgate!
  • As articulated by GEJ’s close aides including his political Godfather (Edwin Clark), GEJ lacked the political will to fight corruption.  GEJ’s godfather should know!
  • Over a nineteen (19) month period 2012 – 2013, Nigeria’s oil sales roughly amounted to $67 billion dollars, and nearly $20 billion dollar sales were unaccounted for, and at the time, GEJ appeared clueless!
  • Despite initial denials, a Price Water House audit clearly showed over $10 billion dollars unaccounted for during GEJ’s tenure for which the whistle-blower  – the then Central Bank Governor – Lamido Sanusi was fired.
  • Clearly, a gandering into “Nigeria’s alphabet and numeric” termed “billiongate” involving Kpesigate et al, and in the face of dire insolvency, PMB is right to follow the money as was done with the Abacha loot.

The details of the frolics of ‘Nigeria’s ATM’ (aka NNPC) and its former super Minister is yet to be revealed.  However, the head-splitting sums exposed so far with the Dokpesi case among others, classifies the level of evil, greed and despicability of action by these persons.

Indeed, it is those who fall into this category that are color-coding corruption as political witch-hunt.  As René reminds us, ‘the guilty are afraid’.

For those still not convinced and who demand that PMB should probe other regimes beyond GEJ’s, perhaps, they should consider the following.  There is indeed a great and visible gulf between what is practical, feasible and the ideal.  Also, in the time span and in the face of competing priorities and a myriad of challenges in Nigeria, PMB, must focus on practicalities and not engage in what ‘Eddie Iroh’ termed, “chasing shadows at Chase”.

Additionally, the determination of how far to stray or vacillate between the ideal and reality remains the most difficult challenge of leadership.   Indeed, if PMB spent all his time and energy on probing, he will be swimming in the whirlpool of ‘probes’ till perhaps the heavens call him home.  Heaven forbid!

What is apparently clear, is, benefactors of Nigeria’s rape, ill-gotten wealth, their progenies, sycophants, ignorant and errant fools who do not wish Nigeria well, are making every attempt to derail and confuse Nigeria’s much needed sanitization and institutionalization of accountability systems.

Furthermore, for those who claim that Nigeria’s development cannot forge ahead if we keep hanging onto yesterday (aka BMB – a direct reference to looking back to GEJ’s regime), this writer would like to remind you, “it is trite rule of life that, ‘Those who fail to learn from ‘history’ are bound to repeat it’.

To ignore the history of the past 8years would be a dangerous and costly mistake likely to negatively affect Nigeria’s effort to achieve progress in all areas and at all levels.  Perhaps, one should caution that we must not dwell on the history for too long.  However, the lapse of mere seven months (7) after it’s 8year rape, and, when Nigerians and the government have only had a peek into the tip of the billiongate iceberg, cannot, and should not be categorized as dwelling on history.

In fact, within the precincts of a near absolute corrupt ‘judiciary, legislature and executive’, PMB, must remain resolute, creative, stoic, and enlist the assistance of nations and relevant organs and incorruptible persons (there are still a few!) to recover the stolen funds.

Finally, there is little doubt, our past definitely has a link to our present, and does impart our future.  Thus, the dead weight of our past must be lifted so as to avoid the mistakes including persistent and pathetic Nigerian way of transmitting roguery, greed and corruption from one generation to the next.

This is the sure way to prove that in ‘Billiongate’, only the guilty are afraid!

1 COMMENT

  1. The guilty, indeed the main beneficiaries of the massive looting of Nigeria’s treasury are not only afraid, have become even hysterical ,crying themselves hoarse, doing all within their powers,and with slush funds,to sabotage the ongoing courageous efforts to sanitize the nation. PMB seems to be the only person with the moral authority, having held all so called juicy positions, yet, remains untainted , that can muster the strength to tame the monster of corruption and rescue Nigeria . May God help him succeed. If Buhari fails to sanitize Nigeria, then the country can go through the formal baptism and change of name, heralding the arrival of the father of all rogue states, Billiongate.

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