THE CULTURE OF IMPUNITY & LAWLESSNESS 




Shortcuts are cheap and convenient means of circumventing due process in the Nigerian parlance.
Unfortunately this seem to be the system producing our entire societal values and entrenching the culture of impunity in our entire nation.
Most offices have been turned into extortion posts. You can hardly get any reasonable services anywhere be it private or public offices without some workers soliciting for "something".
Our leaders are so afraid of those that they lead that they move about with a whole troop of highly armed men and women as though they were engaged in a terrible battle of supremacy against the whole society.

Most Nigerian Importers bring cargoes of death into Nigeria on the assurance of some officers working within regulatory agencies once their interests are taken care of, the coast will be cleared for them and the laws will be blindfolded on their account.

                                                                   

The laws work in our society for or against depending on affordability.
Nigerians are the only people with the legitimate mandate to put a stop to this impunity. It is our acquired culture and it can be clinically checked and transformed.
Education comes to Nigerians as a privilege and not a right. Mushroom-building institutions dot every corner of our communities producing mediocre, confused and unemployable characters.

Criminal organizations are given legitimacy and registered in our society thereby authorized to engage communities and torment the populace at motor parks, airport and seaports. Some masquerade as unions and association without regulations to check the consequence of their activities.
Prices of goods and services are left unsupervised in the hands of exploitative vendors. Government and contracted services and revenue agencies are more contemptuous than courteous.

No nation can advance or achieve meaningful developments with these burden of callousness and impunity.
The change we desire, the change we need and the change we must have begins with me first and extends to the next closest person to me and through that we extend the chains of change.
If we do not patronize lawlessness the values that sustain such culture will grow weak, worthless, unattractive and this option will become unappealing and unfashionable.

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Comments

Anonymous said…
The height of the culture of impunity, lawlessness and disregard for the due process which are the corner stones.

(1). LONG ago, that relentless nonconformist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, in one of his many sad songs, Sorrow, Tears and Blood, lamented official brutality in Nigeria. He sang about people running helter skelter and confusion was everywhere because the police and the soldiers were coming.
And a short while later, after the police and soldiers have come and gone, and because, in their characteristic violence, they had brutalised, maimed and killed, they, left a trail of sorrow, tears and blood. It was in the days of military rule that Fela sang this threnody. It was not totally inconceivably that military rule can be marked by cruelty and disregard for the fundamental rights of the citizenry.

(2). The nagging question is, years into Nigerian democracy, why are the police and other government agencies still as cruel and brutal as in the days of military rule? It is because they are agents of ignoble power elite. Essentially, it is the power elite, by their own lawlessness, arrogance of power, political intolerance and disdain for the rights and lives of Nigerians, that fuel the culture of impunity of the police and other government agencies.
Anonymous said…
The height of the culture of impunity, lawlessness and disregard for the due process which are the corner stones.

(1). LONG ago, that relentless nonconformist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, in one of his many sad songs, Sorrow, Tears and Blood, lamented official brutality in Nigeria. He sang about people running helter skelter and confusion was everywhere because the police and the soldiers were coming.
And a short while later, after the police and soldiers have come and gone, and because, in their characteristic violence, they had brutalised, maimed and killed, they, left a trail of sorrow, tears and blood. It was in the days of military rule that Fela sang this threnody. It was not totally inconceivably that military rule can be marked by cruelty and disregard for the fundamental rights of the citizenry.

(2). The nagging question is, years into Nigerian democracy, why are the police and other government agencies still as cruel and brutal as in the days of military rule? It is because they are agents of ignoble power elite. Essentially, it is the power elite, by their own lawlessness, arrogance of power, political intolerance and disdain for the rights and lives of Nigerians, that fuel the culture of impunity of the police and other government agencies.