Mr Abba Moro and the Immigration Recruitment Debacle
April 27, 2014
The shambolic role played by the Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro, in last week’s tragic loss of nineteen innocent jobseekers, including four pregnant women, who had come for an aptitude test in seeking gainful employment with the Nigerian Immigration Service, has since become rather apparent. As the supervising minister over all paramilitary establishments in the country, Mr Moro who had once served as a Local Government Chairman in his native Benue state indeed has the constitutional authority to arrogate the conduct of the recruitment test to himself if he so wishes. But for the Comptroller General of the Immigration to be completely side-lined and kept in the dark over the entire process is totally inexplicable. It smells of something fishy, some hidden agenda or some monopolistic tendency to solely appropriate all the benefits and proceeds of that recruitment process personally.
If the truth must be told, with the dizzying facts of the circumstances that led to this colossal national tragedy, Mr Moro should by now have resigned in utter shame at his own gross ineptitude. But of course, we know that the word resignation doesn’t exist in the lexicon of Nigerian public office holders, so fair enough that the lure of filthy lucre has obliterated every sense of shame from Mr Moro’s mind. But having failed to resign, why hasn’t there been a categorical and vociferous statement from Mr President emphatically condemning the role played by his minister in the show of shame called a recruitment exercise. But as usual, a panel of enquiry has been set up to investigate the matter, only that if precedence is anything to go by, it might very well be the last we will hear about the matter.
I mean, the kind of oppression and exploitation that goes on in Nigeria is absolutely galling, extremely abhorrent to say the least. The entire exercise was just used to pinch money from poor unemployed Nigerians in their thousands. Why was one thousand Naira charged from over seventy thousand people when we know there is only about three thousand spots to be filled? Isn’t this a clear case of exploitation and extortion at its hideous worst? Knowing fully well that there are millions of desperate jobseekers out there and taking full advantage of their desperation. This stinks of wickedness, heartlessness and blatant greed. To cap up the extreme wickedness, you collect billions of Naira from all these people and you can’t deem it fit to make adequate arrangements for their security and logistics. How wicked can our government officials be?
In saner climes, the gentleman minister would have eased himself out of office voluntarily by now, and there would most likely be a legal charge for his culpability and negligence in a court of law. But that is impossible in Nigeria, at least for now, until we all begin to make our leaders genuinely answerable to us, first by voting, then protecting our votes and taking it from there.