"When Paper Leak..."- Pope Jay
First off, I would love to congratulate majority of the OAU student community on the successful completion of their exams. I wish us all good success “ Insha Allah, Insha Jesus”. However, this article was majorly inspired by the Panama Papers Saga which has become the major headline of most news bodies in recent times. The incident simply involved the leakage of about 11.5 million files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonesca. It is claimed that the records were obtained from an anonymous source (Hmm Hmm) by a German Newspaper which then shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Those who have had the privilege to examine these documents claim that it exposes the various ways by which the rich exploit secretive offshore tax regimes. It is therefore not entirely surprising that some Nigerian names have been poping up since the begining of the saga. But then the issue is quite a very big one in the global view as a lot of big names have been mentioned as being involved in a number of illegal financial dealings from the Prime Minister of Iceland, who has consequentially retired, to Vladmir Putin, the President of Russsia and many other national leaders. In fact, according to the UK guardian, the leak is regarded as one of the biggest in history, bigger than even the popular Wikileaks incident in 2010.
Growing up on the streets of Lagos, one particular yoruba adage whose pidgin English adaptation I loved was; “ When breeze blow, fowl yansh go open”. Apart from the playful and moral touch to the adage, I particularly appreciate its almost perfect illustration of the fact that the truth would always be revealed, at least as long as “breeze dey blow”. Also, in as much as it is worthy to ensure the persons and parties involved in the scandal faces Lady Justice and her sword, this article is not merely to request that justice be served, it is also a warning. It is now obvious to the blind and audible to the deaf that the corrupt leaders too get breeze and one day e go blow. So if you are a leader in any capacity; whether it is the head of your fellowship or your indigenous association, the chairman of your hall or the President of your Union, the Head of your Department or Vice Chancellor, Whether you are the Local Councillor or the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, I advise you not to do those shady deals at all because “When paper leak, na oga yansh go open o”