N23,000 for the idle young; N:0:00 for the retired, sick, Old! What a Nation of awkward Policy Makers?! So, the Federal Government is seriously contemplating payment of N23,000 to university graduates, whatever for, and nothing definite is coming of the ever naghing question of paying regular pensions and gratuities of retired workers in Nigeria. Perhaps, safe Anambra State and a few more, all the States in Nigeria are owing pensioners, some as long as 36 months while the most generous is owing just six months of pension arrears. And I ask, why is it difficult for the government to see the system disconnect from this anomaly? These pensioners have families to be taken care of, including these so called graduates. It is strange that few in the Power Chambers have bothered to find out why parents are helpless with their children being driven to vices and anti-social activities, when they ought to be disgusted and strong in reaction to such. Today, a tired, retired and poverty - pummeled old father or mother mumbles "thank you my son/daughter", whenever something is handed down to him/her, by the son/daughter, without bothering to ask how the unemployed child got what he is giving. Gone were the days your father would stare right into your eyes, roll down the fiery eyeballs down to your outstretched hand as he roared, "how? Where? Did you get that from..." if you were not gainfully employed. Now, if government is prepared to pay N23,000 per month or N276, 000 per year to a university graduate or whatever you call it, has anybody bothered to pose a question in contradistinction? What if you dutifully employ that same N276,000 to train this young man or woman in a craft/skills while in school, so he leaves the classroom for a workshop or money-earning field on the instant (at graduation). Often, this child had become a prostitute, armed robber, tout or a deviant of one sort or the other, and the dead gesture of government is a salutary, populist N23,000, for a young man already developed in crime and who can earn that amount by wielding dagger and standing by a lonely street at night, where he collects ladies' handbags at dagger-points. Till date, it beats my imagination how Nigerian leaders think they will ever get anything right when pensioners, from office messengers and cleaners to High Court Judges, Permanent Secretaries, Directors, etc, are denied of their pensions and gratuities. Retired judges, for example, are like the thumbs nugging the serving Judges to "see what is happening to us and arrange good care for yourself before you retire." This is standard life saving or caring admonition. You can be sure of what this serving Judge would do with administration of justice when he is sure he is retiring into penury. We already know what serving Generals and the middle ranks do with public funds, perhaps since they watched that clip "Now, why did we fight Biafra?"...as was wailed by that retired soldier who had collapsed at the so called "pension verification centre" in 2003. And who wouldn't do something to be alive? It falls within natural urges to seek to be alive, well and buoyant. Opinion credits to Igbonekwu Ogazimorah, source - his Facebook Timeline.