If you are bold you will get the gold. If you have the liver you will get the silver, If you are not afraid to die you will get the diamond, but if you are slack you will lack for ever sounds witty? but this happens to be the vanity mentality that gets every Nigerian dancing around the currency tree until one after the other we drop down dead all in a bid to keep up with everyone else in the race of futility and avidity to no specific destination.
This is the materialism fever the father of hypertension. The Encarta Dctionary (2009) defines materialism as devotion to material wealth and possession at the expense of spiritual and intellectual values”
According to research social insecurity is the loss of the old trust, old hand shake, and the prevalence of hatred, bitterness, jealousy and every other vices capable of drowning peace and unity.
It is a thing of unutterable sadness that values and vitues have become of little or no importance in our present generation as money now dictate the way we live our lives, how the money is made is no longer important to an average Nigeria. All you need to be recognize in the society is having it in abundant. The desire to acquire wealth is not a problem, the fact that most people want to jump up rather than grow up is the major challenge for this generation. Following due process and building wealth through legal means is now defined as sluggishness. The popular expression of smartness and sharpness is jumping the gun.
Moreover, Government seems to be devising new crime fighting measures, but the criminals are also not less innovative in their craft of new crime technique.
It will be recall that Saturday Punch of June 4, 2011 carries a story of a 39 years old suspected drug dealer whose new drug trafficking technique was unraveled by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). According to an NDLEA spokesperson “When his car boot was examined, nothing was found but the strong smell of the drug sold him out as 56.6kg of compressed cannabis was soon traced to the engine compartment of his car people commit more crime to make money, to meet up with the standard of life they really cannot afford or sustain.
Similarly, an Austrian born us educator and researcher Ivan Illich said, “man can choose whether to be rich in things or in the freedom to use them: True to this ascertion, many people who bury virtue to breed wealth never get to enjoy the wealth.
Moreover, corruption the incapacitating disease from which the country suffers is tightly knit with materialism. The extravagant political system and the get-rich –quick syndrome has feasted on our sense of responsibility and integrity
Festus Iyayi decries, every one wants to be rich, so they steal from each other, and plunder the nations coffers and use people carelessly and sharelessly. People are trampled upon, treated worse than slaves. Human life counts nothing in this race for money and wealth”.
Furthermore, the dominant economic system in Nigeria-capitalism, is a prime promoter of materialism. Capitalism is an economic system in which most or all the industries and enterprises in a country are controlled by private investors for profit making ends rather than been controlled by the government.
Despite the fact that capitalism has its own advantages; encouraging competition thereby fostering efficiency. It is laden with these terrible demerits of being apt of making the rich richer and the poor poorer. It creates an avenue for bondless acquisition of wealth. The wealth either ill or legally acquired ends up being a means of getting both deserved and undeserved office or authority.
However, it has to be stated very clear that greediness, avariciousness and acquisitiveness of some Nigerian politicians have grown out of proportion and the corrupt nation of political office holders and other citizens of the nation have held the nation hostage and has hider our development. We need to come to terms with the fact that prosperity is only an instrument to be used not a deity to be worshiped. It has been established that the devaluation of the world of men is directly proportional to the increasing value of the world of things. This explains why security will never be correctly spelt in Nigeria, so long as things still considered of more value than people and virtues. The design of new cars, phones, and wears e.t.c should not become a new reason for more crime and prostitution.