Comrade John Danfulani

Samoa Agreement: My Simple Take

By Retired Comrade John Danfulani

Reading colliding interpretations of quintessential provisos of the Samoa agreement by some sections of the fourth estate of the realm, public affairs commentators, and official government functionaries. I’m struggling to stumble on the nexus between their interpretations and stance on the matter.

For reasons bordering my political environment—which bestows less freedom from what our constitution and other global protocols on people’s rights guarantee, I can’t express my opinion freely. So,this isn’t joining the fray.

Nevertheless, I wish to draw the attention of Nigerians to some salient facts they either don’t or are pretending not to know:

1. Every lender (local or otherwise) has conditions attached to his facilities.

2. Lenders attach their values (social, political, cultural, & economic) to their facilities.

3. Conditions attached to facilities by lenders often reflect domestic political variables.

4. Leaders (be they government or independent financial institutions) act to gain favor from powerful forces in their operating environments.

Consequently, the onus isn’t on lenders but borrowers to critically peruse conditions attached to loans. Lenders have no business telling whether conditions that reflect their values are also good for the borrowers. They don’t need rescue, it’s borrowers that need emancipation.

Now let’s get to some bitter truth on this. If Nigerians actually care about the core moral values contained in African traditional societies and two major religions, they can’t borrow a dime from the West and her leader the U.S. because every dime they have is either contaminated by the blood of underdeveloped worlds or immoral businesses like prostitution. A simple Google search on the contribution of the sex industry (which includes prostitution) to their GDP will convince one. So, even if you borrow from a bank, you are borrowing from a source that keeps money from immoral sources.

Some years ago, I watched a documentary focused on how a mineral resource phone manufacturers are using is being extracted by children in Dr. Congo. A clear nexus was established between that and slavery and inhuman exploitation of children. If you have a soul, after watching that documentary, you will condemn yourself for using any phone. Who has a strong moral nerve to refuse cell phones?

When will this playing the ostrich cease? When will our river of hypocrisy run dry? When will selective application of morality end? Is this not a perfect example of biblical “Phariseesism” and “Sadduceesism” glowing?

Hasta la victoria siempre.

Retired Comrade John Danfulani
Awon Village
Kachia LGA
Kaduna State

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