OF PETTY THIEVES AND FAT FROGS

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By: Andy Akporugo Jr –

There is a Nigerian wise-saying which local roots I am unsure of, that if one must eat frogs, then one must look for those which suffer from obesity. The moral: earn your bad name well. Do not pick a pocket when you can take the entire suitcase!

Such a shame Babachir was at street corners learning pettiness and making silly spins like a barber’s chair, while someone else lay patiently to the tutoring of elders. He picked, when he could have lugged!

Is Pius not his mate? Hear the allegations and tell me you are not proud:

i. Awarding over N13 Billion worth of contracts to himself in the name of others, in the mistaken belief that he was only approving  an employee’s leave application.

ii. Providing shelter for about N600 million when it ran away from work at our hospitals and schools.

iii. Burying huge sums comprising the shortfalls of about N396 billion in the ecological fund at a family tomb somewhere in Ishiagu, the  hometown of the Iroko.

To be sure, like Babachir, he is innocent until proven guilty. But really, the smaller man must be stripped of the ”Baba” claims in his name before he is dumped in jail if our courts finally decide to. It belongs elsewhere. For truly, if we are serious about titles in this country (even if for the sheer weight of pending accusations) who’s the baba? The thief of just over N200 million or that of just under N400 billion?

If there’s shame in these transactions, it should be for the petty-thief inmate in cell 1. Certainly not for he who by the size of his carriages, stays in the VIP cell upstairs. That’s where overweight frogs are eaten as staple!

Nigeria, we hail thee!


 

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