The accuser and the accused By Seyi Olanihun

Still reeling from the aftermath of the Dana air disaster and the subsequent bomb blast in Bornu state, another Sunday found us once again in a state of shock from another explosion, this time in Jos town. Boko Haram sect again violated the restive city. This organisation has caused untold sorrow in various corners of the country and it seems their job is not yet done. Willing to continue their reign of terror and targeting yet another church, they detonated a bomb early Sunday afternoon. They have become adept at death dealing and it seems they’re ready to perpetuate the sorrow and keep us off balance by any means possible.

On the other hand our public servants continue the instability with their comedy of errors with the latest showdown. The news thus far reads like the script from a Hollywood blockbuster .i.e. a sting operation, to uncover corrupt officials, initiated by a millionaire businessman (Iron man maybe). A character ready to do everything needed to save his name, business and gain absolution. With the ensuing it has become obvious that we’re being led to believe that he’s also innocent of the accusations levied against him.

The public servant on the other hand has been cast in the role of ‘villain’ and initially denies (quite vehemently too) the initial accusations. Evidence in the form of a video comes to light and denial is taken to a whole new level. He claims that the visuals have been tampered with and the person recorded is absolutely NOT him. In true jack Bauer style…fast forward a few hours and the story has changed yet again. The money was collected as EXHIBIT i.e. proof that the millionaire is actively influencing public officials and tampering with evidence to boot.

As a script the story has potential, but in real life it once again demonstrates the extent to which corruption has dug its talons into all strata of the nation especially in government. Members of government, especially our politicians have been embroiled in one scandal or the other since this year began. This is an unfortunate state to be, since the nation becomes embroiled in speculations and concentrates its energy on trying to unravel the current mess rather than in developing the relevant sectors of the economy.

The drama that has surrounded the political class and various government officials has been media fodder for several months. The most unfortunate turn of events that perpetrates the ludicrous nature is that investigations and counter investigations have not resolved any past scandal. No concrete result has been released and corresponding action seems to be a mirage at best. Current events have again revealed that the cycle has yet again been initiated and the most depressing thought is that the outcome will not lead us to a permanent solution…

Accusing fingers point everywhere, the accused and the accuser are indiscernible and the lines are blurred. There seems to be no specifics as to which character is playing which role. In a good script, roles are often clearly defined and even when they seem unclear, they are not really. In Nigeria the dirt keeps piling up and it seems nobody is willing to do a thorough job of spring cleaning. Those elected to remove the rot have become part of the problem. The convenience of short memories will no longer work and immediate examples abound of how justice finally gets her pound of flesh. The Arab spring and despots swept away by it are but recent specimens of what happens when the time is ripe. The gods give madness when meting out punishment and madness is the most apt description for the unfolding saga. 


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