The Honourable Thieves: They Are Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing” (Part 1)

By Kexter E. A. Donald Jnr. Wolves In Sheep's Clothing

The phrase, “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing,” is a symbolic way of describing crooks, con artists, and others who have an interest to cunningly conceal the truth. The obvious meaning of this statement is that someone is not what he/she appears to be.

If there is such a being as the devil, he would be the supreme master of deception. He and his agents would be highly skilled at being wolves and, at the same time, hiding in sheep’s clothing.

In truth, ‘honourable’ is an epithet of respect or distinction; as, the Honourable Senate; the Honourable gentleman. These people aught to be worthy of respect; fit to be esteemed or regarded; estimable; illustrious and to be commended; consistent with honour or rectitude. Unfortunately, it is sad to learn that not many educated Nigerians in public offices today know the true meaning of the word ‘Honourable, its origin or usage’ as majority of these people belong to the category of ‘rogues. Sincerely, I am going to be quite blunt and tell these people to stop being stupid. Firstly, is there really honour among thieves? The answer is NO. There is no honour among thieves. The whole bunch is corrupt in every respect. The whole bunch is corrupt to the brim. They rob, plunder and cheat at the blink of an eye. They have no integrity, no honour and no shame. They deceptively preach war against corruption yet they indulge in it with impunity and
swallow all the evidences. They are skilled in developing new ways to be corrupt and cover their tracks at all times. They are at best described as ‘disguised armed robbers in agbada and suits’, using their exalted position to siphon tax payers’ money. They have trained themselves to look righteous and holy on the outside, but they plunder our treasury to enrich themselves and leaving the National coffers bleeding of multiple attacks it sustained from these debased and despicable thieves.

What is most annoying and most prevalent amongst these thieves today in our society is honorific title. The truth is that you cannot call yourself The Right Hon. the use of that is reserved for peers of the rank of Baron, Viscount or Earl, and Members of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. Besides, the Honourable title is only ever used in writing, it is never used verbally. So you would never call someone “Honourable Omotayo or Honourable Okodugha or Honourable Emeka”, if a formal introduction is being given you may say “May I introduce The Honourable Abubakar Adebayo”, however you would verbally address him as Mr. Abubakar.

Our politicians are not United Kingdom Privy Counselors and I wonder who gave them the honorific titles? Honourable or Right Honorable. One must become members of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and before you can be entitled to use the title, Right Honourable. British politicians are usually styled The Honourable Member, but are not entitled to use honourable outside of the House of Commons. Members of the Privy Council are entitled to be styled The Right Honourable as are all Peers. This is abbreviated as “The Rt Hon.” or simply “Rt Hon”. These titles do not become part of one’s legal name, nor do they convey any rights or privileges and they certainly are not hereditary. However, because they confer social honour and status, they are often misused, particularly by con artists and social climbers who are dogged in their aspiration to get alongside the heavyweight political-stars of the day. As such, the misuse of such names as a layman, while not fraudulent per se, is highly frowned upon with skepticism and derision for bringing honour system into disrepute. Honorific title is not meant for thieves but exclusively reserved for people who are altruistic, go beyond the call of duty and make an exceptional difference to society and their community.

I am of the opinion that you will be shocked and shake your head in disbelief to learn how these ‘thieving Senators and so-called Honourable’ are using their positions to rob this country with the backing of our constitution. Considering the deep-rooted corruption in Nigeria today with the crop of politicians masquerading as leaders, I fear that we are at the point of no return and crossing the Rubicon might be a pipe dream except we all decide to get rid of these politicians at once before they completely obliterate our country, Nigeria. Reason that they have fastened themselves, their wives and children like cancer cells onto the body politic of Nigeria. From clerks to the high profile politicians, commissioners, police inspectors, traffic police, stock exchange brokers, military establishments, immigration and customs, recruiters, sportsmen, judiciary and virtually all of the government employees, corruption is seen and felt in every transaction from bottom of the chain till the top. This is manifestly insane as these men do not reflect the values and beliefs of the founding fathers of Nigerian.

Nigeria is counted amongst the worst in the world for graft among public officials and politicians. Nigeria is ranked 143 on the 2011 corrupt Nation in the Global Corruption Index, a survey of 183 nations conducted by Transparency International (an anti-graft watchdog), Nigeria stood 143 in the world, alongside Haiti and ‘Bangladesh had the dubious distinction of being the world’s most corrupt nation with a score of 2.3 while Nigeria is 2.4. Finland with a score of 9.7 has been ranked first, making it the least corrupt nation on earth. A score of 10 means a country is seen as being ‘highly clean’, and a score of zero means ‘highly corrupt.

With these ruthless politicians in authority, I foresee a gloomy cloud in our political terrain, thereby causing tremendous economic and social upheaval. Translated into practical terms, this means severe calamity and absolute chaos that might end up consuming the Nation and render the vulnerable to be poorer and hapless. It is no more news that Nigeria has gone topsy-turvy and we are caught up in war fever but I pray that we will never do anything that will jeopardize our priceless heritage in any manner. It is our choice to either stop the growing epidemic, the looting now and “live together as brothers or perish together as fools”, the words of warning by Martin Luther King Jnr.

Finally, integrity is telling yourself the truth while honesty is telling the truth to other people. Honour is what others think about us. Integrity is what we ourselves think about our own character. Honour is a reflection of what we look like to others. Integrity is what we see when we look at ourselves. This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is evidently the end of the beginning… To be continued…

Kexter E. A. Donald Jnr.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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