And the story was told recently of a PHCN worker that collected a 6 million naira severance package and bought an SUV worth 5.5 million naira. His appalled colleagues had to cajole him and eventually get his superiors to persuade him to sell the vehicle. Reluctantly, he sold it a couple of hundreds of thousands less than how much he bought it. He had worked with PHCN for 20 years…
The first thing I thought when I read the story was the level of stupidity that pushed an old man to do such a thing. Faced with an uncertain future he made a decision that left him with 500,000 naira to spend for the rest of his life.
I can’t blame him too much. The hyper-consuming, status-conscious, extravagant society we live in is enough to make a monk recant his vows. Ours is a generation that does not understand the meaning of delayed gratification. We eat the seed and pray for a harvest. Funny thing is, our faith in the God of impossibilities remains unshakable.
Its okay to live a decent, comfortable life, but also plan for those years when you are old and grey and too weak to move without wobbling on a walking stick.