NIGERIA: Corporatocracy In An Ineptocracy - @segalink

"To judge from the notions expounded by the responsiveness or character of most Nigerians, one must conclude that God created most m...

"To judge from the notions expounded by the responsiveness or character of most Nigerians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding Hell" - SEGA
It is as if we live in those days when there was no king in Israel when every man did that which was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25). The Bible describes vividly those days as the days when the judges ruled, usually characterised by famine (economic hardship) and general insecurity.

Nigeria is a country of great diversity and contradiction. A country with over 160Million people spread across 250 different ethnic groups with a world class wealth, yet full of poor people. Modern Nigeria however cannot be understood without reference to its era of military rule (1984-1999) that preceded the current civilian government. Official sources with records of this history have been reluctant to divulge details of the country’s recent past largely because the key players are still alive (in government in some cases) and to avoid inflaming passions in an already volatile political clime.

For the "Khaki Boys” who are till date mostly motivated by a desire for personal gain, rather than by altruism or ideology and most often dissipating public opinions, which suggests that only the leadership changes while the underlying problems which were cited as justifications for change in governance continued despite the change of personnel.
“In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid”- Simone de Beauvou
History repeats itself and mistakes of the past re-surfaces without conscious effort to correct them, rather, our politicians make cosmetic changes for the optics in order to distort perception. Soon enough our messiahs and political doctors become infected by the ills they came to cure. Every attempt at resolution of issues usher in an endless merry go round of fire fighting.

Each time we arrive at a turning point in our political clime, our leaders are quick to turn to the imperialists (U.S. and U.K- friendly enemies) for a quick fix, which almost always put us in a deeper mess. I will limit my expose to our romance with foreign corporations, which has been seen by majority as the harbinger of economic growth amidst other miracles.

For many years the United States have trained a lot of Economic Hitmen whose job is primarily to encourage world leaders to become part of a vast network that promotes U.S. commercial interests (Foreign Policy). In the end, our leaders become ensnared in a web of debt that ensures their loyalty. The U.S. can then draw on them whenever they so desire — to satisfy their political, economic, or military needs. In turn, they bolster their political positions by bringing industrial parks, power plants, and airports to the people (or country in question). The owners of U.S. engineering/construction companies thus become fabulously wealthy from these ventures.

Today we see the results of this system run amok. Executives at our most respected companies hire people at near-slave wages to toil under inhuman conditions. Oil companies wantonly pump toxins into rain forest rivers (see Shell activities in Niger Delta), consciously killing people, animals, and plants, and committing genocide among ancient cultures. The pharmaceutical industry denies lifesaving medicines to millions of HIV–infected Africans. While Twelve million families in United States worry about their next meal; the energy industry creates an Enron. The accounting industry creates an Andersen. The income ratio of the one-fifth of the world’s population in the wealthiest countries to the one-fifth in the poorest went from 30 to 1 in 1960 to 74 to 1 in 1995. The United States spends over $87 billion conducting a war in Iraq while the United Nations estimates that for less than half that amount we could provide clean water, adequate diets, sanitation services, and basic education to every person on the planet.

And they wonder why terrorists attack them?

Some would blame our current problems on an organized conspiracy. I wish it were so simple. Members of a conspiracy can always be rooted out and brought to justice. This system, however, is fueled by something far more dangerous than conspiracy. Just like in the United States, it is driven not by a small band of men but by a concept that has become accepted as gospel: the idea that all economic growth benefits humankind and that the greater the growth, the more widespread the benefits. This belief also has a corollary: that those people who excel at stoking the fires of economic growth should be exalted and rewarded, while those born at the fringes are available for exploitation


The concept is, of course, erroneous. We know that in many countries economic growth benefits only a small portion of the population and may in fact result in increasingly desperate circumstances for the majority. This effect is reinforced by the corollary belief that the captains of industry who drive this system should enjoy a special status, a belief that is the root of many of our current problems and is perhaps also the reason why conspiracy theories abound. When men and women are rewarded for greed, greed becomes a corrupting motivator. When we equate the gluttonous consumption of the earth’s resources with a status approaching sainthood, when we teach our children to emulate people who live unbalanced lives, and when we define huge sections of the population as subservient to an elite minority, we ask for trouble. And we get it.

In their drive to advance the global empire, corporations, banks, and governments (collectively the corporatocracy) use their financial and political muscle to ensure that our schools, businesses, and media support both the fallacious concept and its corollary. They have brought us to a point where our global culture is a monstrous machine that requires exponentially increasing amounts of fuel and maintenance, so much so that in the end it will have consumed everything in sight and will be left with no choice but to devour itself.
A typical Banking Hall in Today's Nigeria- Driven by uncertainty and lack of care (Courtesy: Aliensmedia)
The corporatocracy is not a conspiracy, but its members do endorse common values and goals. One of corporatocracy’s most important functions is to perpetuate and continually expand and strengthen the system. The lives of those who “make it,” and their accoutrements — their mansions, yachts, and private jets — are presented as models to inspire us all to consume, consume, consume. Every opportunity is taken to convince us that purchasing things is our civic duty (The Shoprite Approach to Happiness), that pillaging the earth is good for the economy and therefore serves our higher interests. Foreign Agents are paid outrageously high salaries to do the system’s bidding. If they falter, a more malicious form of hit man, the jackal, steps to the plate. And if the jackal fails, then the job falls to the military .

They have more euphemistic titles, and they walk the corridors of Monsanto, General Electric, Nike, General Motors, Wal-Mart, and nearly every other major corporation in the world.

“Emerging from these multinational corporations was a transnational capitalist class, whose loyalties and interests, while still rooted in their corporations, was increasingly international in scope. Sklair writes:

The transnational capitalist class can be analytically divided into four main fractions: 


(i) owners and controllers of TNCs and their local affiliates; 
(ii) globalizing bureaucrats and politicians; 
(iii) globalizing professionals; 
(iv) consumerist elites (merchants and media). . . . 

It is also important to note, of course, that the TCC [transnational corporate class] and each of its fractions are not always entirely united on every issue. Nevertheless, together, leading personnel in these groups constitute a global power elite, dominant class or inner circle in the sense that these terms have been used to characterize the dominant class structures of specific countries.”

"We know now the true economic impact a Walmart store has on a neighborhood when it moves in," Christopher Fowler, who conducted the research for Puget Sound Sage, said. "The research shows that the negative impact is due to the use of the Walmart business model. A new 'generic' grocery store does not equal economic harm, but a new Walmart does."  
"Walmart may say they help people 'Live Better,'" said David West, executive director of Puget Sound Sage, a nonprofit public policy organization that looks at regional economic issues. "But this study shows that communities will be much worse off, with lower wages and less money in the community, after a Walmart opens."
The losses are tied mainly to the low wages Walmart pays its employees.
I was forced to respond on my social media page when people we expect to save the situation display conformity to the structure that foster exploitation. "Our insensitive leaders in Government however educated would always serve their capitalistic political ventriloquists. These masochistic creatures who cannot think without thinking on behalf of their beloved capitalist masters believe having gotten the mandate, all the people deserve is crumbs. We are citizens of Nigeria and a part of the Government of this Nation, let the Government keep their Welfare packages and deliver all their promises to the people without fail. We know that a Government that gives all takes all. Our dear Vice President must understand that Government have nothing but that taken under overriding public interest, so don't give us crumbs from what is ours...Deliver on your promises by first fixing the economy and solving the security problem that got you the mandate in the first place...only then can we all agree on the welfare package for Government officials and not the People. This is a Democracy!"

The capitalistic aided-government in our perceived Democracy prefer to appear Welfarist while exhibiting Communist traits with their interference with the free market. 
In essence, we have in the cause of making a choice (however prejudiced) failed to consider its consequences to our freedom as a people.


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