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When greed conceives (Part 1)

13 July 2012, 10:17

I write this article with a heavy heart considering the fact that fellow Nigerians have turned themselves into despicable cannibals gnawing at the flesh of others. I speak figuratively. The jungle experience has become the order of the day. In Nigeria, it is the survival of the fittest.

Looking through my binoculars at the economy and politics of this country, I can only come to one conclusion. That greed is the terrible, viral infection pulverizing Nigeria’s image and structure - politically, economically, internationally and otherwise. For when greed is fully processed, corruption is produced.

The Encarta dictionary defines greed as a "strong desire for more: an overwhelming desire to have more of something such as money than is actually needed".

Greed therefore is a function of desire, and when desire oversteps its boundaries, even slightly, it becomes greed. And so the saying that human "desire" is, as some say, insatiable. For "want", when certified, becomes desire.

Greed, at any level, fuels corruption. It is the parent motive for crime.

Watch out for the 2nd part of this article: "The problem of Nigeria lies within every Nigerian"

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