There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth. (Ecclesiastes 10:5-7 KJV)
The servant on horseback and princes ‘trekking’ is a classic picture of an anomaly which typifies the Nigerian problem where citizens (who indeed are princes) live like slaves in their own country- this is pure evil!
Corruption is no stranger in Nigerian lingua. We wear it proudly on our collar: It is a form of communication we understand. We build houses and buy the latest cars by it. Corruption is our kith and kin- our brother, our sister and that distant cousin. We hate it, yet, cannot live without it.
This love-hate relationship would have been fine, if it were a play from Shakespeare’s Othello.
This is no play. Corruption is an enemy, in fact, it is a cancer.
Cancers are abnormal growths that kill from within. They spread quickly if not curtailed early. A blood cancer can spread to the lungs, spleen, and kidneys in weeks. A diagnosis of cancer is often considered a death sentence.
Cancers are hard to treat and needs the cooperation and strong will of the patient for therapy to succeed. Will we as Nigerians submit ourselves for therapy and fight for our lives or do we close our eyes to the destruction in our members?
Cancer therapy is painful. Chemo and radiation therapy are sometimes employed to destroy cancer cells and their side effects are not pleasant and can be as excruciating as the disease itself. The side effects may cause mental, physical and psychological traumas.
But do doctors stop treatments because of the patient find therapy unpleasant? No, not if the patient desires to live.
My point here is for every Nigerian to understand that this is serious business. Our lives and those of our children depend on ‘therapy’ to destroy the cancer of corruption. Yes, it will be difficult to resist giving that bribe to the police. It will be painful to be blacklisted because you refused to give a kick-back. Yes, that stubborn child may actually have to read for his exams and you will not feel succumb to the impulse to ‘bail’ him out by talking to your friends in the university. We all need therapy.
The BribeCode is the therapy that I believe is a laser-guided treatment to fight corruption. It attacks the disease (corruption) from the roots and indeed discourages it. I support and believe in the BribeCode.
Please join me and let’s rid corruption off our beautiful land