Since the inception of the Buhari administration, corruption cases associated with the Jonathan administration have been pursued with vigour. The recent case with the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki, in the $2.1 billion arms procurement deal, has raised alarms about the extent of alleged kleptocracy in the administration and management of government services and functions in Nigeria. These and other corruption cases of the past, which need no further belabouring, point to a pattern of activities involved with most acts of corruption in public service within the Nigerian context.
These activities, unrecognized by most Nigerians, include the Deprivation Program and the Sharing Program. In fact, no matter how the Nigerian government has structured well-meaning policies, programs, and directives, Nigerians have ultimately been forced to reckon with only two assured but unrecognized programs, implemented by agents of the Nigeria government on behalf of the plutocrats, since the official inception of Nigeria as an independent state:
(1) Deprivation Program
(2) Sharing Program.
The Deprivation Program is a process involving the denial of resources to the Nigerian people by the plutocrats or its ruling class. It includes depriving the masses the resources they need for their well-being and economic development. The elite and plutocrats achieve this end by a deep visceral engagement with the Nigerian masses with the sole aim of convincing the masses to act against their own socio-economic interests, influenced by directing the masses towards problems framed around contrived ethnic or religious differences. Once the plutocrats have framed the problem as an ethno-religious one, it becomes easier for the plutocrats or elite to enter the next stage of the game which we refer to as the “Sharing program”. In the Sharing Program, this is where the Nigerian elite and plutocrats actually share among themselves, resources they have successfully denied or deprived the Nigerians masses. The elite and plutocrats of Nigeria do not consider ethnicity and religious differences when they share these resources among fellow elite and plutocrats. A good example of these are the various ethnicities and tribes of plutocrats who benefitted from the funds the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki allegedly shared among the plutocrats. These two programs have triggered an insidious psychological state within Nigerians. By the time the plutocrats of Nigeria are in the process of finalizing the Sharing Program, the masses are usually beginning to experience some level of psychological desperation. This desperation has to be mitigated.
The process of trying to mitigate the psychological desperation leads most Nigerians to engage in socially deviant behaviour to include corruption, kidnapping, armed robbery, fraud, 419, drug dealing, human sacrifice, etc. In essence, Nigerians are good people who have decidedly employed socially deviant means of survival because the elite have ensured that the average Nigerians remains perpetually deprived and desperate at all times for the basic necessities of life. Most of the social issues faced by Nigerians are a direct result of deprivation and desperation on the part of Nigerians. So, while the Nigerian plutocrats are busy engaging in their Sharing Program, the masses in Nigeria are perpetually stuck in the Deprivation Program where they maintain a high level of desperation necessary to engage in many forms of socially deviant behavior. When the situation is viewed from this perspective, it becomes easier to understand the emergence of groups such as OPC, MEND, Boko Haram, MASSOB, etc. These are all products of varying degrees of desperation imposed on the Nigerian environment by the plutocrats through the Deprivation Program and Sharing Program.
Thus, what we see going on in Nigeria is no accident and it is no surprise. It all starts with the Deprivation Program and the Sharing Program. The Sharing Program is almost impossible to achieve without first accomplishing the Deprivation Program. So, the looting in Nigeria is not as linear a process as most think. It involves an elaborate process entailing the Deprivation Program and then the Sharing Program. Deprivation——→Desperation——→ Socially Deviant Behavior (kidnapping, terrorism, fraud, etc). Nigerians have become some of the most deprived people on earth relative to its wealth, and the cost of such deprivation has been an inability by the nation to engage productive Nigerians in meaningful conduct and behavior critical for a deep cognitive engagement with tasks to include, competitive product development, socially responsible engagements, innovation and creativity, critical policy development and evaluation, entrepreneurial adaptation, human resources development, effective program management, etc. Desperation can have the effect of making people numb to normalcy so that when they eventually experience normalcy, they are less likely to accept it as the new normal. Desperation denies the mind its critical ability to link one’s action to its consequences, and the requisite focus required.
As a result, the average Nigerian has been incapable of recognizing for the last 50 years that the plutocrats have repeatedly used the Deprivation Program and the Sharing Program to deny Nigerians the economic development that is their right. In many instances, the plutocrats treat these rights of Nigerians as though they were a privilege for Nigerians. Without the Deprivation Program and the Sharing Program, maintaining a psychological control of 170 million people would be a herculean challenge for the plutocrats. Keeping Nigerians desperate using these programs has been an effective tool of the Nigerian plutocrats for the last 50 years. Nigerians must begin the process of resisting the plutocrats use of ethnic and religious differences to enshrine the Deprivation Program with respect to its future economic development because to do otherwise, would mean ensuring the consistent movement of the plutocrats to the Sharing Program, which ultimately helps to trigger the desperation that we now find in many Nigerians. The Sambo Dasuki case in Dasukigate remains the most vivid example of the Deprivation Program and Sharing Program at work in Nigeria. This programs have long existed in Nigeria. It is now time to recognize and confront them head on in Nigeria.
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