While chains of reactions are now trailing the latest revelation of fraudulent activities of some wealthy people through the Panama Papers Leaks, some Nigerians are still unperturbed about the issue that is drawing global concerns.
First casualty is the former Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who was disgraced out of office over the revelation that he and (or) his wife had interest in a company under scrutiny.
The leaked documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama reveal Gunnlaugsson and his wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir, bought a British Virgin Islands-based offshore company, Wintris Inc, in December 2007 to invest her share of the very substantial proceeds from the sale of her father’s business, Iceland’s only Toyota importer.
Gunnlaugsson sold his 50% stake to his wife for a symbolic $1 at the end of 2009, eight months after he was elected to parliament as an MP for the centre-right Progressive party. He failed, however, to declare an interest in the company either then or when he became prime minister in 2013.
In Nigeria, Ex Governor of the oil rich Delta State, James Ibori, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and his predecessor, David Mark, are public officers named so far in the Panama leaks but there seem to be very little concern by Nigerians.
Dallas, USA based real estate expert, Ejike Okpa, is concerned that the revelation which is a function of deep rooted corruption in the country is not stirring enough ‘anger’ from the citizens.
“But Nigerians should be outraged that their money is stashed away while they are made to endure rounds of NO LIGHT, NO WATER, BAD ROADS, ARREARS OWED Civil servants, crumbling nation with no infrastructure to speak to.
“However the people are starving but smiling preferring to scream in “In Jesus Name” and “Mighty Name of Jesus”, while they are fleeced by their leaders who also enjoin them to pray for them to be successful as they rob them.”
Mr. Okpa who was once a Republican Dallas Mayoral Candidate, took a quick swipe at those who at all times find pleasure in giving recognitions to ‘corrupt’ public officers and could go to any length in defending them.
“And guess what, Nigerians pray for their leaders to keep stealing from them, often rewarding them with front row seats in church and places of worship. That is how they roll in Hail Thee Nation.
“But never mind, in the world most populous black Nation where they ‘Hail Thee’ but live in Raging Hell. The apologists and sympathizers will find reasons that it is nothing to worry about.”
He ended his post which he shared with an online group with a seeming call to action.
“Maybe so, but Thank God for internet and willing journalists who took the risk to unearth the wicked conducts of those who ought to serve their nation.
“Now, what are you going to do it about it?”