Jamb Update: Just a case of reaping what we sowed

Checkout Jamb 2021 Portal, CAPS login, efacility & Form 2022. I warned when we started accepting jamb as a way of life. But as usual, no one would listen because it was coming from me.

Now, don’t get me wrong here. I’m not trying to castigate anyone for whatever lifestyle they choose or any business they wish to indulge in. Personally, I will never willingly involve myself with anything that would break the law. On the other hand, whoever chooses that kind of lifestyle has made a choice.

However, for very good reasons, every government in the world has hard Jambs as an illegal practice. Sentences against indulgence range from long spells in jail to ultimate death penalty across the globe. So, it’s a risk whoever decides to involve themselves knows exactly the awaiting penalty. Who am I then to condemn a choice one makes?

But my worry began when such known Jamb lords started getting highest recognitions and awards in our society. Chieftaincy titles suddenly became their obsession. They started sponsoring and dominating leadership positions in our society. Even the churches started preaching in favour of such prosperity. And suddenly, their affluence permeated our psyche as an acceptable way of life.

But somewhere else, in a popular country where they sojourn, their businesses are destroying youths of that country as Jamb abuse is no one’s friend.

It is now our turn and we must take the consequences of failure to call evil by its name. It is not beyond the government of that country, after thorough investigation, to have started setting up their own cartels inside our communities to market Jamb at the home base of the cartel destroying their country. If we diligently trace the originators of this Jamb in our different communities, it may lead to international partnership clandestinely carried out by the same government to pay us back in our own coins. If the brains behind the Unknown gun men menace are deeply investigated, some of them may be traced to Jamb cartels, hiding under the mayhem to settle scores and subsequently widen their trade.

Assuming this government in question is not even involved in this retributive justice scenario, who says you can rob Peter to pay Paul by destroying another country’s youths, as some of our nationals have been reported to have been doing in countries where they engage in illicit Jamb trade, and then using the proceeds to edify your own society? The Creator permits karma and He’s a very just God.

Take it from me, WHATEVER GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. Our leadership in all spheres, most painfully from our traditional leaders, succumbed to the blackmail and cash-inducement of these Jamb barons to destroy our values as a people. They should not pretend to be cleansing evil out of our land while still driving the vehicles bought for them by these warlords. Nobody shakes hands with a clenched fist!

Nigerians are crying for God’s help and deliverance in our communities especially with the recent rate of deaths and attacks recorded in our communities yet we have not repented from such iniquities like promoting ill gotten wealth from Jambs and fraud in our communities. And we pretend to hope that God will answer us.

I challenge those who claim they have integrity to rise up to the Jamb fight to end the menace. I challenge them to open up at the various community committee levels to stop the exceedingly negative influence these Jamb barons are heaping on our society. I challenge them to recommend punitive measures that will end the dominance of these ‘dark angels’ in sponsoring and influencing leadership at every level in our society.

But these self-acclaimed living saints are all cowards. Most of them are direct beneficiaries of these black gangs. The few that do not benefit are afraid that they’d be killed. Yet, every day, men die even in their sleep. It’s a necessary end and must surely come. The only gain to take out of life is to strive to make it a better place than you met it, better here in the positive sense.

We just have to damn the consequences of today, no matter how dangerous it might appear, and save tomorrow for the future of our children. Those who trade in illegality should swim in their own world of bliss. The society should resist their attempt to foist such alien affluence on our leaders of tomorrow.

I write with tears dropping from my eyes. The beautiful community our fathers left with instructions to make it a better place has so terribly deteriorated that I so dread that moment of my own point of departure…what message would I Ieave behind for my children?

Oji, a social commentator, wrote in from Bariga, Lagos

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