Three (3) days back, our social media timeline’s and stories were packed with the hilarious video of Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, fake fainting scandal for ‘pretending’ to have fainted during the ongoing probe of financial misappropriations in the agency.
A day after the video went viral, I went to do some printing with a friend. There I met two men discussing. One said “we Nigerians, corruption is in our blood… if I find myself in that position, I will take care of myself, there is no Nigerian that wouldn’t”. At that point I couldn’t keep quiet. I mean, you are literally talking about me because I am Nigerian too. I had to put him to his place and remind him corruption is a choice and not in-born. I mean, hopefully, if I get to that position, I wouldn’t steal. Even more, is the thought that for every penny you put in your pocket in top position, you are depriving someone else of it, especially when in government.
I want to see Nigeria grow and I have come to see it is not just the leaders who need to change their mindset and actions. If at the level you are at, especially as a youth, you are awaiting for life to present you with an opportunity to steal, I don’t know where we are going to as a country.