You know we've all concluded the problems of Nigeria stems from corruption from the grassroots to way up there in the government. I absolutely agree and without any reservations too. However, a startling realization hit me this morning while I was at work. The place where I work unfortunately doesn't have enough parking space for both the staff and the clients. Fortunately though, the hospital is owned by the church that is just next door and they also have a quarters adjacent to that, so at the end of the day there was somewhat enough space for everyone.
There is an iron thingy that the security guys lifts up to allow passage into the hospital premises (unfortunately I don't know the name). When the structure is left down, it indicates to everyone that the parking lot in the hospital is full, so you either park in the church or the staff quarters. As always, the parking lot is filled even before 9 am. At about 8:30 am, a man drove into the premises, met that the gate pass stuff was down and decided he'll just wait until it was lifted up. He ended up blocking the exit gate preventing another car from driving out in the process. After a while, he proceeded to try and lift the stuff out of the way. When he was confronted by the security guard, his explanation was that he didn't want to park, he just wanted to collect something.
The guard opened the gate and allowed him pass through. At that moment, he colleague of mine made the statement "the problem of Nigeria is the rich". At first I didn't fully understand. Was he saying it's a bad thing to be rich? He went ahead and explained that most rich people are proud, arrogant and corrupt and would promptly bribe the police rather than stop to be searched and the police would pick no offence. They'll rather park their car a feet away from their destination maybe to show off their wealth forgetting the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and lastly they definitely disregard any law or rule as they think they are now above it.
So the problem is they rich went humility is not in the picture. No wonder Jesus said in the bible that "It would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God". While corruption is the bane of the problems in Nigeria and most parts of the world, it is mostly fueled by the rich. Please do correct me if I'm wrong.
Photo credit: http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/28/why-the-rich-are-less-ethical-they-see-greed-as-good/