IN NIGERIA, THE MATHEMATICS DOES NOT ADD UP.

The owner of the body does not say that he is in no pain, while we insist on commiserating with him for his sleeplessness and restlessness. (One does not commiserate with a person who does not admit his/her misfortune).
In Nigeria, it is not just about the more you look the less you see; you rarely see much or nothing. The system, if any, seems to defy all logic. When you expect it to fail, it takes a curve and strangely comes on strong on the rebound. The question is, for how long are we going to rely on auto-piloting the ship of governance?
We are taught in primary school arithmetic that 1 1= 2. However, in this clime it could equal 3, 4, 7, and 10 or even 0. Efforts at getting it right meet with inexplicable capitulation; it never adds up, when Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC chair, tells you there is corruption in the commission.
In January we were almost certain that some form of change was on the horizon,that it won’t be business asusual, but with each passing day we see our sensibilities abused by a few. Little has changed, with three high profile ‘entertaining’ probes by the National Assembly – subsidy, pension and SEC, what we see is a docile public.
Three months on and civil servants are being owed and still surviving; the Boko Haram war keeps changing colours – it doesn’t add up.
In a twist, while the National Bureau for Statistics says over 100 million are poor, luxury car markers, Porsche, opens its shop in Lagos; it doesn’t add up, millionaires are created everyday out of the system, few by dint of hard work, others by sheer Nigerian mathematics, it never adds up
Just be at the right place at the right time, know the willing right person and you are made.
Just a supply of PDP convention wrapper or new police man-o-war uniform, get a contract for borehole in a community that has four non-functional boreholes.
An alarming size of the population has no access to quality education, some 1.5 million Nigerians write the JAMB exams for less than 500,000 admission spaces, strange figures.
We cry of dwindling fortunes in public schools, yet fraudulent private schools litter everywhere and almost quarterly the FEC approves a maximum of three new universities, at the moment there are over 150. Still ‘unbaked graduates’ are everywhere and billions spent in Ghana to get bettereducation; it doesn’t add up.
In the last five years, the rail system remains only in speeches and documents such as SURE and unSURE. We only hear budgetary allocations in billions and are inundated with talks of the Lagos – Port Harcourt –Kano rail road and Abuja Mono rail projects, we see little.
While this writer appreciates the fact that these are not three minute Indomie Noodle projects, it does not add up.
After several months of committee work at all but nothing, the Senate passed N4. 877 trillion 2012 budget;it was N4.484 trillion in 2011and in 2010, N4.608 trillion, the weed did not know that the farmer had a machete. The evil doer does not consider the response of the person wronged. It all does not add up, three straight years and budgets of N4 trillion plus consecutively and still nothing to show for it, except for pot-bellied rich political class.
An adage says a cripple does not block the road with his legs (a handicap person should not challengethe un-handicapped). But in Nigeria, a few thousands challenge millions, because it never adds up, the maladministration, unfocused governance, fraud and waste continue, as symbolised by what Ojo Madueke comically described as “…Maturation of internal democracy”. The maturation saw the emergence of a much ‘matured’ Bamanga Tukur as Chairman of PDP.
One treats a disease; one does not treat death, my admonition every week dwells on the importance of having to attend to problems before they become unmanageable. Indians have taken over our healthcare system, because ours has failed.
Former Lagos state governor in a recent interview stated “…They are liars driving the economy and feeding the public with fake statistics. If you have a solid economic programme, you will be ableto articulate that for the country and you will strengthen our hope and determination.
We are creating a hydra-headed accounting fraud but let’s leave that. Where is the number coming from; if not from somebody’s magical thinking?” While I believe he is equally part of the problem, I’ll look at the message rather than the messenger and end by asking, do we need all these somersaults leading nowhere, certainly not, but do we want to go forward – only time will tell.

By Prince Charles Dickson

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