“You cannot eat your cake and have it” old saying,
“Government work dem nor dey put am for head”.
“Bring any certificate, as long as it is genuine, you will get the job. It does not matter what you studied”.
“Government money is national cake, if you don’t eat it someone else will”.
“surprised” that the nation is not developing. We cannot eat our cake and have it”.
“I like my ministry, especially my agency. That’s where the money is in this government. I make twice my salary before the end of the month”.
“This is my official age. After all, there was no record in the village when I was born”
Every Nigerian above the age of thirty should be familiar with the lines stated above. It baffles me when Nigerians ask how we got here as a people.
I have a friend whose mother goes to work twice a week. She goes on Monday and Tuesday, or Tuesday and Wednesday. Except an emergency audit team is coming from Abuja, that’s when she can break that tradition. Her story is same for many in our civil service. You get to a government establishment, and you will almost resort to begging them to attend to you. To them it is “government work”, so there is zero accountability. Those that are offering essential services make themselves gods, and you will have to literally beg them in cash, or worship them like an idol before they can attend to you. Some come to the office as if they are doing the government a favour. They move from one office to the other ‘greeting other workers’, but in reality, they are just showing their face before bolting off back home.
She goes on Monday and Tuesday, or Tuesday and Wednesday. Except an emergency audit team is coming from Abuja, that’s when she can break that tradition.
Today we keep hearing, “there was a time when our office was booming”, and you will think they meant a time when the Nation was benefitting from the services the office is rendering. Well, sorry to disappoint you, they are only reminiscing on how they plundered this nation into their private pockets. The truth be told, some of the good life our parents afforded us were out of proceeds from corruption. We fail to realize that government is not an alien that we can rob and move on to the next. We all make up the government. So while the older generation thought they were robbing the government, and giving their own children good life, never did they anticipate that we will suffer it together. The posterity they thought was far away is here already.
Just as my friend whose mum goes to work twice a week is “surprised” that government is no longer employing, those that stole the money meant for the development of this nation are equally “surprised” that the nation is not developing. We cannot eat our cake and have it.
As long as you negotiate only your interest with that investor, at the detriment of the nation;
As long as you are irresponsible at your place of work because the pay is small, or because it is “government” (nobody) job;
“We all make up the government. So while the older generation thought they were robbing the government, and giving their own children good life, never did they anticipate that we will suffer it together. The posterity they thought was far away is here already”.
As long as you keep ‘praise singing’ public office holders for personal gains;
We will be in this together. The mess will continue and nothing will change.
So many things has to be addressed in this country to make it work.
We are already being judged by Posterity!