Dear looters that have plundered the future generations, we hope you realise that what you have left for the upcoming generation is bleak – a depressing, desolate state of affairs – bleak, except the anchor of hope, that will prevent our ship from capsising is released.
But anchors are not thrown down at once; they are dropped miles before reaching the coastline. Yes, there was oil boom but now there is oil gloom, as global oil prices have fallen and consequently caused a drop in federal government’s foreign exchange earnings. Was it not some decades ago that one elder statesman said that the problem with Nigeria was not scarcity; but that we had so much money we did not know how to spend it? That was in the glorious days of oil boom. What an irony!
Well, you still think that looting is not a problem. Let me ask some pertinent questions: How much has been spent to solve electricity problem in Nigeria? What is the cost of fixing our refineries and making them functional? I do not pretend to have the actual figures, but one thing I know is that Nigeria has the wherewithal to turn the refineries around, with the proper political will.
Nigerians need to take a stand together against looting, or else, the generations unborn will be hit by decadence that is worse than we can presently imagine.
Olusanya Anjorin writes from Lagos