In Nigeria Stealing ≠ corruption, in Czech petty theft gets national outcry

Earlier on this year, Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan once again did it by teaching the whole nation a new definition for corruption, in his effort to explain how ‘clean’ his party is, he redefined looting of the nation’s treasury by politicians as mere stealing and not corruption.

There was a big noise about this but as always, the noise fades away like many others. Since then, a few things happened: $9 million cash was seized in South Africa in an aircraft that belonged to a close friend of president Goodluck Jonathan and the president of Christian Association of Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor – no case has been answered to date – this is Nigeria.

Also, the case that prompted our PhD president rsedefining stealing Vs. corruption was that of $20billion that just waka away unaccounted for – still no clear explanation for the whereabout.

Now as Nigerians, we know by now that miracle will not happen to clean our public offices, it is up to us to decide the best way to rid our public offices from these blood-sucking vultures.

Since our problem with corruption or stealing from ‘national cake’ is deep-rooted, maybe the best way is to be intolerant of any public theft be it petty or otherwise.

Here is how Czech dealt with one of theirs – imagine if we can manage to get our politicians to his level?



13 thoughts on “In Nigeria Stealing ≠ corruption, in Czech petty theft gets national outcry

  1. Politicians are also very human, we tend to forget they are. Some Clergymen behave like the worst criminals, some Doctors will kill instead of heal, ordinary folks will do the most unspeakable stuff to their very own relatives etc, all with the aim of getting an extra buck or getting ahead of others. It is just human nature. What worries me the most is the rate at which these politicians get away with what they do, not that they do what they do. It just speaks for our societies when our leaders get away with blatant acts of corruption. It means we are nonchalant as well Charlatans….probably in our nature, most of us are just bidding for our turn at the spoils.

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    1. “…probably in our nature, most of us are just bidding for our turn at the spoils.” This makes me sad, I have heard the same assertion a few times and it just seems as if we have lost hope. That anyone no matter how genuine their contribution was, you always wondered if there were hidden motives.

      And please don’t get me started on the Clergymen, they are worse by miles than the politicians – not too surprising though, people were so preoccupied with heaven that they forget to live on earth.

      Thank you.

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  2. And we are surprised by this? Wherever people exist in so-called ‘democracy’ their leaders (elected and otherwise) have pockets waiting and willing to be filled by agents of the U.S. government and that will not stop anytime soon. Corruption is the least offensive of the cost paid for said democracy. Even in the former Czech Republic (I know, the Czech Republic is still with us: but for how long) as long as the U.S. Can feint a “national security” smoke screen and some local dupe can have his villa in France provided for his retirement (er exile) gratis then ‘stealing/looting’ national resources shall be with us. People be damned! As I have said before: “Goodluck Jonathan”

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        1. Well, Nigeria is a strange country where politicians will do all they can to divert people’s attention from the real problem. The ‘mere thieves’ is actually Goodluck Jonathan’s words (I know how much you liked Goodluck part :)). To our president he does not believe it is possible for any public officials not to loot the treasure hence his attempt to redefine corruption, in order words he was celebrating the acts.


          1. ah, now that’s my boy Jonathan, from afar, Goodluck appeared to be a genuine person and beside the fact that he is a politician, I felt he was the best per
            son to run the country, now however, he could (if not for the colour of his skin) be a highly successful politician in the good-old U.S. of A! You know the old saying about power and corruption . . .


  3. It is interesting how so many politicians see attaining office as acquiring a key to the treasure house, rather than taking responsibility, and having a sense of ownership in securing and maintaining good governance. In Africa it rather occurs to me that some of this is related to post-colonial fall out. So many of the politicians in power even now have a memory of colonial rule, and so still see government and its resources as belonging to someone else, a foreign power, an alien construct anyway, and thus fair game for plundering. Also foreign governments helped foster this culture during the cold war era, often with vast sums of money (bribes). It set a pattern of behaviour that seems hard to shift because there has never been anything else. Independence for most nations rarely brought a clean sheet which would allow them to set up new institutions and codes of practice. So many were/are mired in resources deals set up by foreign corporations. I’m not excusing the thievery mind you.

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    1. Thank you so much Tish for this new insights:

      “…many of the politicians in power even now have a memory of colonial rule, and so still see government and its resources as belonging to someone else, a foreign power, an alien construct anyway, and thus fair game for plundering.”

      It’s all getting clearer. There is a phrase commonly used in Nigeria among thieving public figures – National Cake meaning it does not belong to anyone so whoever has upper hand takes whatever they liked until they are about to explode.

      Yea, agree on foreign govts inputs to aid corruption and of course they are trying now by making it harder for Nigeria politicians to launder money abroad. But Nigeria politicians knowing no other way but to steal public fund are now using Nigeria religious leaders as baits – double trouble for us!


      1. Oh dear. Nigeria could be such a rich country – for ALL ITS CITIZENS. There is so much talent, and so under-resourced. In Kenya (where I lived for a while) there is ‘cake eating’ too, but added in is the ethnic vying of very many communities to see whose turn it is to get the biggest slices. Very juvenile, but with dire consequences for ordinary people.

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