The end of the matter, all has been heard: adding one thing to another to find the sum; which my mind has sought repeatedly, and I have found — Nigeria is to be known as Frauduria, and for reasons like unto the following…….

An aircraft ran into turbulence, and the crew wanted the passengers to bail out to safety before the aircraft crashed. To the generally rational Americans, the pilot announced that they’d have a 50–50 chance of survival if they bailed out. All the Americans asked for the parachute and jumped.

To the Japanese, who do most things for the love of country, the pilot announced that it would be a matter of bravery and honour to their country if they were to bail out. The Japanese accepted the parachute and got out.

The French, in perennial competition with the English, bailed out when told that the English swore they were braver. The English jumped when they realised that the French had jumped. Anyway, the sum of the story is that the crew found a way to persuade passengers of several different nationalities to take the risk.

Finally, the only nationals remaining in the aircraft were the jittery Nigerians, who blatantly refused to take the parachutes. Until an air hostess, who lived in Nigeria as a kid, stepped in. She walked into the aisle, and told the Nigerians huddled together,

“Nigerians, it is illegal to bail out!”

She had hardly finished speaking before Nigerians started to jump out, some even without the parachute.

That is a brief sum of the Frauduria you know as Nigeria.

writer, intellectual, chartered accountant - in view, consultant psychiatrist - in view, professor in Psychiatry - in the making.