Winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing in the non-fiction category, Professor Pius Adesanmi has attributed greed and insatiable appetite for the national cake as the bane of Nigeria’s woes.
Adesanmi, who described the current state of the nation to the historical tortoise folktale, said Nigerian leaders are tortoise who usually stockpile the benefits of others through selfishness.
He said this in a paper entitled: “Reparations: What Nigeria Owes the Tortoise,” at the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) lecture on state of the nation, held at the NECA building in Lagos.
According to Adesanmi: “The rain of oil falls on Dubai and falls on Nigeria. The rulers of Dubai use their own share of the rain of oil to send their people on the path of sweetness, while their Nigerian counterparts take same rain and condemn their own people to the path of bitterness, lack, and hunger.
“Nigeria’s leaders have been robbing the nation blind with strategies of greed and selfishness.
“Nigeria’s unauthorised use of the Tortoise’s playbook is plagiarism. Do not be like me; do not touch my intellectual property; do not copy my ways, the Tortoise warned but we did not listen.”