Lawyer and Human Right Activist, Abdul Mahmud says scam in Nigeria is masked.
The lead Attorney for EndSars campaign statement was a reaction to a follower question on the arrest of supposed Nigerian entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke, popularly known as Invictus Obi in a series of tweets on his official twitter handle.
He said, “Yesterday, a tweep popped up in my DM, asking: Oracle, sir, you’ve not tweeted about Invictus. Why, sir? I was lost. I asked: what about, Invictus? Who is s/he? The tweep sent me series of tweets on the Nigerian wire scam.”
“See, ehh, scam has many levels in our country. Like Nigeria, it is masked. You’ve to heed Achebe’s advice by standing in many places to see through the mask and discern the scams. There are public scams- the ones our elected representatives perpetuate daily.”
“And the private scams- the ones ordinary citizens perpetuate every day in the name of hustle- let’s call it, “chairman, bless your boy/girl type”. Add the new CV review fad- dat na scam. Even Nigeria is a scam perpetuated by erstwhile British colonizers.”
“Let’s stay with the two scams- public and private- and their variants: chairman, bless my hustle and the CV review. When government contrives budget scam and hoist the structure on which every superstructure of public scams rest, you understand the link.”
“Public scam is thievery simpliciter, is the blatant refusal of the president to declare his health status, while the state is fleeced paying bills that citizens aren’t sure if they’re bills from Ibiza or from Harley street.”
“Look everywhere inside governments of our country, politicians are gaming the system and scamming the rest of us. I’ve always said this: to catch the thieves, let’s go back to the bank statements of our politicians as at 29 May 1999; then, walk our way to today.”
“Ordinary citizens are scamming ordinary citizens everywhere. In the last one week also I’ve exposed scammers on these streets; but there are many others who haven’t been caught out by greed. Their time comes soon.”
When a tweep puts up the DP of another person, without an advisory on the bio, “caution: this is not my DP”, s/he is setting up his/her followers for a game. Watch out. When a tweep hails you, “chairman, bless my hustle”, remember what follows: story that touches. Scam.
“I’ve no job, can you help me with a CV review?”. Review what? Pad your CV with accolades you’ve never received? Is it the cursive letters of a review or the font character of a the CV that would “make a difference”? Scam.
“I end where I began. What about Invictus? Who s/he? It is we, us, whose fathers have eaten sour grapes and our teeth are set on the edge. Today is Sunday; don’t pray for Nigeria alone, pray for every Nigerian.”