In the last few weeks, the world has keenly followed the aftermath of the groundbreaking ruling annulling Kenya’s 2017 presidential elections, and the violent government suppression that has followed. Many have blamed Uhuru Kenyatta for how poorly the post annulment proceedings of the Kenya Presidential rerun have been handled – a wrong message from Africa to the World.
In an unfortunate turn of events, the spotlight has returned to Nigeria for the wrong reasons.
The recent discovery on the sale of customised UNICEF bags meant for IDP’s in Kano state were diverted and instead sold for profit.
The tweet posted by that patriotic Nigerian that received lots of retweets can be seen in any part of the world by Twitter users including those not familiar with Nigeria. How do we convince the world we are the “Giant of Africa” when we keep doing the same thing the same old way?
The decision of some unscrupulous Nigerians to divert much needed supplies for socially disadvantaged persons has called to question our respect for the sanctity of human life and the value placed on fellow humans. UNICEF in its bid to support the educational development of these internally displaced persons donated the UNICEF branded bags and educational supplies to Nigeria as it has done in other countries where crisis and natural disasters has caused forced displacement.
There is widespread corruption in many aid organizations and far too many people join aid organizations because they want access to the network of grants and funding that the aid industry relies on to function for personal. The world has become a global village where information travels in real time. It is naive for anyone to think that their actions can remain hidden, especially when they behave in such underhanded ways. Various international development partners have come through with support for Nigeria in its bid to fix the damage brought about by the Boko-Haram crisis, but they will only continue if we prove ourselves worthy of their intervention.