Tragedy of the oppressed
By Godwin Etakibuebu
HERE’S what the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:1-4:“1. Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter. And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.
- But better than both is he who has not yet been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.
- And I saw that all labour and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbour. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
This is the exact state of Nigeria today. Take for example, the latest facts emerging from the Senate of the Federal Republic to the effect that Nigerian stolen wealth, said to have been recovered under the watch of the Nigerian anti-corruption Czar; President Muhammadu Buhari, is being re-looted by the agencies and personae dramatis who recovered them in the first instance.
We must not be mentally naive not to accept the reality that such audacity and imprudence on path of the (re)looters would not come to play if there is no authority “approving and supervising” the act.
It means that a guru somewhere is supervising the final looting of the Nigerian common wealth.
Yet, there is no defender of the Nigerian people. Here is a situation where less than a million people (all the civil and public servants) would loot, with absolute impunity, the common wealth of about 170 million people and there is not a single defender for the majority against the minority’s oppression. This is what the Bible called Calamity.
Take a look at the greatest fraud in Nigerian history, till date (because higher ones may emerge in the future), in this Abdulrasheed Maina film-show now known as Mainagate. The quantum of money involved is staggering, given the little we know so far. Maina himself said the “little gift of papers he gave to the Attorney General and Justice Minister (Abubakar Malami) to take away from their brief meeting in Dubai amounted to N1.3 trillion”.
According to him, the sum of N1.3 trillion was kept somewhere, waiting to be shared, having been looted from the Nigerian National Treasury. Can you beat that!
This gives a glimpse of the quantum of money from a single fraud, albeit, from pension fund only. Yet, there are many other organised frauds dotting all over this country’s landscape.
The fact of the Bible’s lamentation, recorded in Ecclesiastes and quoted above, and as relating to this Mainagate, is the cream of the Nigerian high personalities involved, both at the commission of the fraud and perfection of “hiding or shielding the criminals” connected in same.
Going by revelations emerging from notorious personae dramatis of the Mainagate, apart from the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, the Minister of Interior, the Department of State Security, DSS, and others, our most respected Executive President Buhari is involved, according to the main suspect himself – Abdulrasheed Maina.
Can my president really have something to do with this episode at any point along the chain of activities relating to this heinous crime?
I doubt it but despite my doubt, this is the statement of the main culprit (Abdulrasheed Maina) in this fraudulent drama of absurdity in massive kleptomania. And until it is proved otherwise in a legally defense presentation by Mr. President, Maina statement stands sacrosanct.
If the President choses to be silent over his alleged involvement or discards the whole allegation with a wave of the hand; as is typically of him most times, (or) even, if the presidency comes out to say that the “Maina allegation is a cooked story from the bedroom of former President Goodluck Jonathan”, as we have often heard, will there be any comfort for the oppressed people of Nigeria?
Who shall comfort Nigerians in a situation where the president they massively elected, colluding with his Chief legal officer AGF; Abubakar Malami, his National Security Adviser; retired General Mohammed Babagana Monguno, his Chief Spy; [the Director General of the DSS; Lawal Musa Daura, his Minister of Interior, retired Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau and his Inspector General of Police; Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, has now formed the formidable gang of oppressor against them?
This is the Bible’s revelation.
This is my lamentation.
I called it the tragedy of the oppressed without a comforter.
Yea, it is a calamity under the sun.
Indeed a calamity in Nigeria!
A Tragedy Indeed!