Oh, right

We also know that the corruption in Nigeria is inextricably linked to the corruption in cities such as London, New York and Paris. In 2020, Transparency International ranked Nigeria 149 for corruption and the United Kingdom only 11 (you want to be closer to 1) but how can this be when a large portion of Nigeria’s looted wealth is spent abroad?

It’s all our fault because the thieves spend it here…..

14 thoughts on “Oh, right”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    It would be interesting to know how much of that looted wealth left here in the form of form of foreign aid, donations to charities and NGOs and contributions to the likes of the IMF, WHO, UN etc.

  2. “…a large portion of Nigeria’s looted wealth is spent abroad?”

    What, you mean that they don’t spend it on Nigerian manufactured goods?

  3. It does sound like the usual Guardian article; it’s all the fault of the wicked whites.

    My attitude to these complaints is that freedom necessarily includes the freedom to do it badly. If you don’t like your country, it’s up to you to fix it.

    But of course the lady naturally followed the habits of her compatriots. And came to the UK to loot it directly.

  4. ’ The bulk of Nigeria’s political elite have few original ideas. They can only mimic their former colonial masters whose pattern was to pillage in Africa and then spend their ill-gotten gains back home in Europe.’

    Yes, without colonialism Nigeria would be a paradise, inhabited only by saints.

  5. What’s the alternative? Demand everyone from Nigeria prove where they got their money from before allowing them to spend it here? Leaving aside the practical difficulties, would that not be a tad discriminatory?

  6. “What’s the alternative? Demand everyone from Nigeria prove where they got their money from before allowing them to spend it here? Leaving aside the practical difficulties…”

    Oh, that’s the easy part. Our boffins are much cleverer than you westerners. They are close to perfecting a system whereby we can track how you obtain and spend every single one of your digital Yuan. We can even give it an expiry date, retrospectively, as and when we need to give the economy a boost. And of course if you say nasty things about me online we can cut your wallet off until you grovel.

    In 100 years from now, the “century of humiliation” will have taken on an entirely different meaning.

  7. I would like to see the Guardian editorial offices annually relocate to Port Harcourt for a month.

    Does that make me a bad person?

  8. Is this Grauniad journallist suggesting that Nigerians are particularly predisposed to corruption?
    Isn’t that a teeny bit…..waycyst?

    Or is fraud & corruption from other African countries and other non-African countries all different?

    NB One of the world’s richest people is an African-American. Makes cars and rockets…:)

  9. Dennis: Oppressor, Warmonger, Capitalist and Consumer of Petroleum Products

    It does sound like the usual Guardian article; it’s all the fault of the wicked whites.

    Actually, it sounds like the usual Guardian article in that the Guardian White Folk and their House Negro collaborators can never bring themselves to treat minorities as having the necessary intelligence and judgment to be truly responsible for their own decisions. The Nigerians aren’t responsible for their own corruption because they simply aren’t smart enough, or adult enough, to be expected to Do The Right Thing without Guardian White Folk there to guide them.

    There is nothing more racist than a white liberal. Just ask Tim Scott.

  10. Hmmm.. I could be mistaken, but weren’t the first reports from the attempts at establishing/taking over trade colonies in Africa and Asia pretty clear on the fact that the local natives were:

    a) not easily fooled in trade.
    b) aware of the “you may have thundersticks. We have 1000 spears, and you must sleep sometime” paradigm.
    c) led by people who damn well knew they were First in Line when it came to Dues, and needed Serious Buttering Up to get anything done?

    I very much doubt Colonial Influence could have taught the Africans more about the practice of Sticky Palms. They already had it down to a fine art centuries ago. Including seamlessly adapting it to New Opportunities..

  11. Tim the Coder

    NB One of the world’s richest people is an African-American. Makes cars and rockets Hoovers up billions in govt subsidies.

    FIFY

  12. @Henry Crun
    Well yes, that too. But you cannot deny he does make cars and rockets. And the rockets atleast are profitable, though with significant government custom, but that’s for delivery, not a $1bn/year subsidy like ULA, which they get just to stay around: launches cost extra.
    And SpaceX is profitable with private sector customers too.
    Tesla cars and solar power however, I agree are subsidy farming. And I don’t much like the drugs and stock price twatting.

  13. The Nigerians aren’t responsible for their own corruption because they simply aren’t smart enough, or adult enough, to be expected to Do The Right Thing without Guardian White Folk there to guide them.

    Neatly makes my case for an annual relocation of entire GMG editorial department from King’s Cross to say, Port Harcourt. Imagining quite how the usual suspects might react has given me a few moments amusement.

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