ONCE UPON A BUHARI? …AT THIS BALEFUL HOUR!
I have tried to give OUR government the benefit of doubt on this budget palaver – yet the official response is more or less painful aloofness.
Now, I am worried with all the Mr. Bean’s sort of piecemeal disclosures of ridiculous portions of the budget that clearly suggest that perhaps the real budget that got missing before the end of last year was never found! That all what we have now were conjured by woolly-headed civil servants who have found in the budget the safest means of perpetuating their nefarious corruption tendencies. Or just to pile rebuke and odium on a government bent on taking corruption to the cleaners?
I expect several of these directors to be thronging the ICPC or EFCC offices by now with clear explanations for this colossal rape of a supposed fiscal renaissance. I expect serving ministers to start writing confessional statements of what constitutes dereliction of duties if you couldn’t take pin-sticks through your own ministry’s budget before submitting to the general pool.
Or why else do we have the Federal Office of Budget – or that of Public Procurement agency once led by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili when such blight to commonsense and probity can emerge in this administration?
Were they all fighting corruption and helping EFCC catch past rogues, while new rogues smuggled distressingly foolish perks into the federal budget?
Well, at least one great aspect of all this shameful budgetnauseam is the vigilance, attentiveness and remorseless harangue of the budget review process in the public domain (irrespective of divergent motives) by Nigerians all over the world. We now have expert and not so expert contributions to and indictments of the document.
Surely, the end of all this should be a budget that reflects, as much as possible, the mood, the reality and the temperament of the nation at this baleful hour.
That must be a good thing after all these exertions.