WHERE IS OUR WHISTLE? Nigerians want to hear them blown again


By Ezekiel Esohwode

Surprisingly the polity seems to have been plunged into suspicious silence after many months of well scripted political scenery of whistle blowing masquerades. In many months of year 2017, Nigerians were thrilled to many questionable imageries especially at political peak points when the integrity and job of the chairman of the anti-corruption agency was being called to question by the Nigerian senate. There seems to be a thin connection between when the whistles appear and Magu’s trials; suggestive that the blowers of the whistles are neither ordinary Nigerians rather official referees in political crafting.

At one point, the miracle whistle located abandoned notes at Kaduna airport, then some bundles in balogun market, and many others, before the whistle finally blew a hurricane on NIA monies at the Ikoyi apartments. The Ikoyi apartment whistling supposedly did not go according to script and rather than excite the EFCC and the government who would ordinarily showcase such as an achievement; it rather has boxed them into a suffocating ring with consequence far reaching; it put an end to whistling imageries and got the government retreating under pressure from CLOs, opposition and the media as a result of unwillingness to publish findings on the orphaned Ikoyi Apartment monies.

Ayo Oke lost his job and today the perfume of nepotism tends to be killing the government with respect to his replacement. Conspiracy theorists are also beginning to feed the narrative of a federal government body language whistle blown on people they wish to replace with their kindred. This was the last we heard of the mystery whistle; where has it gone? Did it fade away like Ayo Oke or like the Magu’s integrity issue?

The sad part of the stories created by Mr. Whistle is that the culprits are mostly spiritual beings who share no part in physical prosecution; they are only attracted by noise of whistles; they play their roles in the dropping of the monies; Magu boys come visiting, see the money, rush to the media for a show off and the spirits return to their realm waiting for the whistle to blow again. None of the whistled out orphaned monies have owners; none has been linked to proceeds of crime, no one has been convicted; but yes one has been replaced even though no offence was established.

The more reason a wonderful policy like whistle blowing has died a self-death simply because the blowers are like a controlled circuit that act what it is told ‘I mean, garbage in, garbage out.’ There was an instant when the mystical whistle blew on the sacked SGF and it almost took ecclesiastical powers to descend for an EFCC who are quick to respond to scripted whistle sounds to say a hello!

The wind pipe of the whistle will blow for good if it is powered by the Nigerian people and possibilities that so many privileged Nigerians will blow it without expecting rewards but for the fence of clannishness, nepotism and revenge; the whistle has fallen into the wrong hands while the main actors who should lead remain nonchalant spectators. The government must locate and place the whistle in the hands of the right people not political jobbers who use it to protect their appointments or script to show off that they are working.

Nigerians long to hear the whistles blow again and this time, from the mouths of the people desperately in need for good governance.

This article was written by Ezekiel Esohwode


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