“In practice, there would, arguably, be less and less tax revenue, whether Personal or Corporate to collect, if a tepid consumer market, does not sufficiently stimulate increasing production output and create more job opportunities. Nonetheless, in keeping with tradition, the receipts from higher taxes will, regrettably, still be embezzled and laundered in safe havens abroad, and ultimately leave Nigerians with the short end of the stick!” – Henry Boyo
The above quotation is the only truthful information I gathered from the essay written by the late Mr Henry Boyo.
As I read through it, I was shaking my head and sighing with agonising sadness at the brilliant economic expositions on the pros and cons about the Federal Government of Nigeria’s planned 50% VAT increase to boost the internally generated revenue of Nigeria.
Why am I sighing with sadness?
It is because Mr Boyo and fellow economic experts of Nigeria are fond of analysing fiction about a phantom country that does not really exist in actuality.
I am always surprised that up till now, Nigerian/African experts have failed to accept that the colonial economic/geographic enclaves created all over Africa and misnamed as countries are geographical phantoms and clever deceptions fabricated by the fertile imagination of Europeans to trick the ignorant Africans.
I found it greatly inexcusable that after African/Nigerian experts have had an informed exposure (I am assuming) to the history of the Berlin Conference of 1884 that led to the partitioning of Africa into the present phantom countries; and have observed at first hand the thinking and culture of those behind the creations of African countries, that African/Nigerian experts can still get themselves embroiled in puerile arguments on how to maintain these fictitious countries and on how to keep them going not for the well-being of Africans but for the benefits of the foreign European owners.
It is difficult to express what one thinks about this level of irresponsibility or abject ignorance that are being exhibited by Nigerian/African experts.
Can they not see that Africa and Nigeria in particular are going nowhere as long as the status quo of the political and economic structures of the phantom European created enclaves or reservations or Internally Displaced Persons’ Colonies (aka countries) remain undisturbed, unmodified or unchanged?
Can the African/Nigerian economic experts not see that the neocolonial enclaves/reservations (countries) are designed to fail from the onset because of the embedded tribal and ethnic booby-traps that are enhancing the operation of the neo-colonial governments under a divide and rule stratagem?
Can’t the African/Nigerian economic experts see and understand that these covert political economic arrangements as per the design have ensured that no intelligent African/Nigerian is allowed into the top echelons of these countries except those who have been compromised and blackmailed?
In my humble opinion, when I see African/Nigerian experts who were educated (trained!) in highbrow western institutions getting involved in ‘intellectual’ brawls and tearing themselves apart in the analysis of fictitious economic paradigms in countries that are carved out haphazardly all over Africa, it depresses me to no end. Because it is a share waste of time, energy and human intellect.
It is very shameful and tragic to see that African/Nigerian experts are still joyfully rendering the humiliating service of maintaining the status quo of these African so-called countries for the benefit of the foreign creators and economic owners of Africa.
Yet these African/Nigerian experts are convinced with a very high opinion that through their intellectual and professional efforts, Africa/Nigeria shall soon be great, shall soon be modernised and shall soon become developed countries. This is one of the phantom dreams sold to these gullible experts of Africa/Nigeria.
Painfully, the joke is on Nigerians/Africans because the deception is working. And it will continue to work unless Nigerians/Africans can wake themselves up from the spell of the deliberate indoctrination cast over them through the powerful psychological programme of calculated brainwashing, misinformation and misdirection sold to Africans/Nigerians as education and religious beliefs.
In the Spirit of Truth
SAM ABBD ISRAEL
Note: The essay was written a year ago and remained unpublished. I just stumbled on it tonight. I think it is still relevant to the Africa situation.