I happened to bump into an old pal two days ago and the excitement of seeing an old friend once again was overwhelming, the aura was ecstatic.
As we hugged and made small talks, I noticed he had a little whistle tied around his neck. I couldn’t help but wonder why he’d have a whistle tied to him.
Well he satisfied my curiosity before I could ask:
“Oh that’s my whistle, it’s what I do, I’m whistle blower. “
I burst into laughter at the sound of the preposterous thing I just heard, my ears couldn’t believe it.
“Why are you laughing? I read somewhere that if you blow the whistle when you see a person living flamboyantly, the government would compensate you with a fraction of the person’s wealth”
This time my giggles blew out of proportion.
Well I had to take a few minutes to explain what the term whistle blowing meant and how it works.
According to the Legal dictionary,
Whistle blowing is
“The disclosure by a person, usually an employee in a government agency or private enterprise, to the public or to those in authority, of mismanagement, corruption, illegality, or some other wrongdoing.”
Whistle blowing has been a public phenomenon since the 1960s and over time there has been laws guarding the secrecy and proliferation of whistle blowers.
Take Nigeria for instance, not until recently the craze for unearthing corrupt public administrations was nonexistent, everyone seemed to mind their business; no one would bat an eyelid to corrupt practices perpetrated around him/her.
But then there came the “gold rush ” – expose corruption and get rewarded 2.5-5% of recovered loot.
This sumptuous policy didn’t come at a better time as this. A time when Nigerians needed some alternative “source of income” in the face of the daring harsh economic realities in the country.
“In the twinkling of an eye I can make 25million if I can report a “common” theft case of 500million…this surely is a really smart way to get out of the rubble quicker.
I snitch and I get rich? Now that’s capital COOL if you ask me…”
97% of public commentators have aired similar views in a recent poll carried out.
Inasmuch as I’d like to encourage this policy there is surely a downside to it.
Why should anyone be rewarded for doing the right thing; a noble act; rewarding me for been a good citizen only discourages TRUE Patriotism to one’s country and promotes eye service in the most hypocritical way possible but hey, who doesn’t love a free meal?
Even in Freetown you don’t get this.
IDEHEN MATTHEW MAX
Idehen Matthew Max is a multifaceted Writer. He completed his Computer Science Degree in Delta State. He is a singer and a freelance model.
He is an optimist and a patriot who believes that Nigeria will attain her greatness once again.
Email : Jamesbondprettyboi9@gmail.com
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