There is enough volume of work for a special core of pressmen who devote their investigative journalism specialized on anti-corruption issues. The picture of Ibori will make any good front page news item. But then, a deeper look at the budget and financial statements of an anti-fraud agency will make the newspaper sound serious. After all, we have so many versions of the Financial News today, even locally published in Nigeria. This is part of my contributions to the May 2012 debate on Insecurity in Nigeria.
Looking at the supposed picture of James Ibori posted by Chido Onumah on Facebook today (April 28, 2012) brought a strong reaction of nostalgia to me. What was frustrating was not truly about Ibori but because it is a cycle. Whatever Ibori may be credited with, and the outcome of his atrocities, to me it is just one more case in an unrelenting cycle. I am certain that we can mention someone that did the same 20 years ago, 35 years ago, 50 years ago in our history. I believe that the challenge is to mitigate this careless assault on our humanity.
As doctors commonly advise us, whenever we are that severely stressed looking for a way to relax some distance from the source of irritation usually helps. Therefore, I left for my bathroom to see if some rounds of cold water could soothe the anger welling up inside of me. My frustration once again being the question, ‘what really can we do about it?’
You may imagine that it is the search for organizations like this that gives room for founding NUAC for instance. However, without the infrastructure akin to a government agency, even such organizations run the risk of being overwhelmed with the issues. All you need to do is read from the list of chats and submissions on NUAC pages. For example, personally I will like o see some determined investigation into the financial statements of the three anti-corruption agencies of government, the Nigerian Medical council and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria to start my list with. This is one request from one person. Now imagine how many submissions we will have from the various industries and aspects of life in our country. Then, the point that the fourth realm is the final hope of the people jumped at me.
There is enough volume of work for a special core of pressmen who devote their investigative journalism specialized on anti-corruption issues. The picture of Ibori will make any good front page news item. But then, a deeper look at the budget and financial statements of an anti-fraud agency will make the newspaper sound serious. After all, we have so many versions of the Financial News today, even locally published in Nigeria.
We also have so many publications on Soccer alone not to talk of a whole industry like sports journalism. I suspect that any serious and deep investigation in the happenings in the ministry of education on Imo State will put all the other states on guard. We may even reverse some of the unbelievable fraudulent practices in our schools. We know that even as little as elementary schools, teachers write examinations on behalf of their students; this cannot be right and it is corrupt. More importantly, we may return to the era of children who fear repercussions for social misconduct. The thoughts of armed robbery will become more remote to their thinking. This can be added as a lateral gain of the investigation into the financial affairs of a single state ministry.
This kind of publication will shortly outsell itself in my view, not to talk of derivations from unbelievable advert sales. Sensation cannot be far from such newspapers. However, most importantly, it will help put everyone on the alert, because one never knows who is next in view of the microscopes.
My nine cents to the May 2012 debate on Insecurity in Nigeria! What do you think?