Bribery is the easier way out #LovelyPeculiaritiesofNigeria

So before all you nation builders descend on me, can we take a moment to truly examine the Nigerian situation. It’s terrible to admit but that’s just the fact. And before some people go on a holy rant about the sin of bribery and corruption(we pray against it in my church daily towards the end of mass), i think that what we need to address foremost is not the act itself but causes leading up to the act.

A friend of mine packed into a flat only to get an electricity of N10,000 the next month. Mind you, he never had light between 6pm – 11pm throughout said month; not that there was steady light at other times but i just wanted to emphasize the ‘never’ for those hours households use electricity the most. He asked his neighbours and he was informed that was the latest development from PHCN and the best part was that the bill was an estimate (because obviously they were unmetred). He asked his landlord why there was no metre and he was informed that all attempts to get PHCN to procure and install had been to no avail.

He stormed to PHCN office where he was referred to his marketer who wasn’t on seat but he called her up and immediately he mentioned his house address, the lady confirmed that the landlord had been to their office severally in hopes of getting metres installed. He then asked the lady how the bill came to be as there were no records of power used and he was informed they had a standard estimate for everyone based on their location, after all the BQ in the compound was charged the same amount (I guess that was supposed to be consoling). Meanwhile another unmetred flat on the same street was billed N4,500.

Go Figure....

He was advised to find something for the boys.

Now from an economic point of view, is it not better to give the woman N3000 once and have your monthly bill slashed to N4,500 or even N3,500 depending on their mood? That’s just common sense

Don’t get me started on immigration people, would you rather wait in line for a week than pay double the official rate and get your passport that same day or the next if you can afford that?

Or is it the FRSC and their laughable excuse at a driving test. I remember someone being asked to go from Onitsha to Awka to do a driving test. Then come back to the FRSC Onitsha with the results for the drivers license. Seriously!!!!! And you expect me not to roger someone?

It’s quite unfortunate but it is the truth. Bribery actually gets things done here and fast that sometimes i find it difficult envisioning a Nigeria free of corruption.

But we cannot give up hope. I remember when we used to line up (pushing and shoving) to pay electricity bills before the advent of Pre-paid metre. Then one even had to bribe someone if you were in a hurry. So there are some changes albeit minute

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10 thoughts on “Bribery is the easier way out #LovelyPeculiaritiesofNigeria”

  1. They will say if you bribe you’re encouraging corruption. Pls pls.. it’s actually a waste of time.. energy.. to try to do things in the right way in a very wrong structure. To make one thing work properly, it requires other factors to be good in place, if not..

    And I know it can take one person to make good a structure.. like if one factor can be ok, others might try to follow the trend and eventually we’ll see improvements upandan.
    But Nigerians are very greedy. Until there’s particular force from government directly.. or management proper…. it’s only bribe you can use to stay sane.


    1. I am sorry to say this but even the church leaders get these things done for them too by a brother in the congregation to further show these things cant just work the normal way

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  2. But sincerely the society is built that u jst hv to bribe ure way tru everything
    but it will definitely end one day


  3. Hi Chidi,

    How’ve you been?

    Lol… when less than savoury behaviour becomes the norm. Bribery and the likes become the only way to make things work within a system that does not work well.

    Recently, someone told me that if obeying simple laws is the yardstick to eternity, we’d need to hold the Nigerian government responsible because many will not make it through the pearly gates of heaven. Some of our laws are just begging to be broken. πŸ˜€

    Yes, change will come, slowly but surely. Better systems and process beget better people.

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    1. Hello Nedoux. I’m fine just been soo busy trying to set up a new project. Hopefully my writers brain will be back soonπŸ˜€

      But you couldn’t have said it better: ‘ most of our laws are just begging to be broken……..πŸ˜…
      But we pray for a better system

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