Nigeria is a place where the public offices are like shrines and the occupants, like chief priests. Generally, If you want anything done on time and appropriately in a public establishment, your envelope must be fat.
Once a Nigerian occupies an important position in society he becomes a demigod. I remember an incident at the ATM some time ago, it was a long queue on a cool Sunday evening, everybody was waiting their turn to use the machine until an army officer came from nowhere. He went straight to the machine ignoring the queue, everybody was silent but me. I asked him what he was trying to do.
He just glanced at me the way you will look at a child you want to chastise. I was mad. I left my position immediately and went straight to the machine, I demanded that he wait his turn or go elsewhere if he was in a hurry. I stood my ground despite his threats.
He had to leave eventually, “alágídí l’ògá alágbára, t’alágbára kò bá ti fé dá ‘rán”!
Too many people with too much sense of entitlement. Everybody cut corners.
The “who knows who” are the ones taking the shots. In this country, life, without a doubt, is difficult for people who don’t know anyone.
For your child to get admission into a choice university you must be a VC’s friend or know someone who knows him and be ready to pay hugely. Such is life in our country.
Hushpuppy knows Kyari and he can pay him handsomely to send him errands, Vincent (who perhaps does not know anyone) must spend a month in police custody so Hushpuppy may have his ways.
Mr. Kyari, a celebrated supercop must keep Hushpuppy pleased so that the fat envelopes would keep coming – a police officer swerved to a tailor.
Even as the United States of America government named Abba Kyari, among co-conspirators of Hushpuppy, who has now admitted his guilt in a massive multi-million-dollar money laundering fraud, we are left to be wondering why nothing has happened to Mr. Kyari.
Should Abba Kyari still be occupying his position?
While the EFCC has gone to sleep, the Nigerian Police Force does not have enough reasons to ask Officer Kyari to step down so they could run an itch-free investigation.
Shall we then say Kyari is one of the who knows who in the country, therefore, he can not be investigated?
He hasn’t been branded guilty! Certainly, no one can be said to be guilty or innocent until proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. We are not saying he is guilty yet, but appropriate and needed steps must be taken by the international community standards if our country should be regarded as a serious and willing nation to combat crime amongst the committee of nations.
The who knows who dilemma aside from the tribal and religious divides has taken the country close to the door of ruination.
We either adjust without any further delay or continue to live in jeopardy of the impending ruination.