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Half Measures: When Greed Is The New Need

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Have you ever bought an item and then get home to find that it is substandard, expired or even out rightly bad? Have you ever been diagnosed of poison owing to what you ate? Or even incurred certain reactions due the use of some items soaps, creams, etc.?

We live in a world where the capitalist maxim dog eats dog [even man eats man] holds sway. The import of this is that man must do anything to earn the money. This trend has even been promoted with the concept of globalization where some countries [especially African countries] have become dumping grounds for toxic waste in the name of products.

But enough with some socio-political theoretical constructions, assumptions and generalizations, let us look at the matter at hand.
In Nigeria, we continue to experience the exploitative nature of business men and women.

The late Prof. Dora Akunyili during her stint as DG NAFDAC was very emphatic in her quest to sanitize the drug industry. While she did achieve a lot, the reverse can be said of NAFDAC in this current dispensation. Our penchants for self-aggrandizement continue to stimulate our cunny nature, drive our cheating and fuel our greed.

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Yes, our greed! It is this greed that has now become our new need, pushing us to cut corners, and do things in half measures. From the garri seller at the markets, who use beat up measuring pans, to the importers of goods from China and elsewhere who cut down on the standard of such goods to shore up their profits to the detriment of unsuspecting clients and customers; those who sell chalks in the name of medicines. Not forgetting our justice system that reeks of corruption despite promises by succeeding CJNs.

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Daily we hear of millions of dollars, billions of naira being stolen, misappropriated or even missing. This shows that the greed of our people continue to increase all in a bid to satisfy ‘their growing needs’. Someone once said that Nigeria has enough resources and wealth for everyone’s needs and not everyone’s greed, hence the abject poverty we find ourselves in. Call it the paradox of want in the midst of plenty and you won’t be wrong.

The funny thing about these scenarios [it is a global trend mind you], it did not start today. Remember the Book of Prophet Amos? Does the phrase ‘Cows of Bashans’ ring a bell? Read the Book of Amos to get a better understanding.

It is our collective greed that leads to our collective state of poverty. We have enough to go round everyone with regards you our commonwealth. Half measures kill people, destroy destinies; promotes and sustains mediocrity.

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Be contented with what you have! Have a sense of Christian Charity and be Spiritually Sensitive I wish you the best of the New month of July and a most rewarding second half of the year.

Till we meet next week, Always Believe in What You Do and Do What You
Believe In. God Bless you plenty!

I am @OjisiEmezie

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