Veteran actress, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, said Nigeria seems to be having some level of mental illness and nobody is yet to recognize it.
Ajaii-Lycett in an interview ith Saturday Punch said a lot of things are going and if proper measures are not taken, it will get worse.
“There is a level of mental illness in this country that nobody has recognised yet. It is not everybody that you see walking on the streets that is sane. How sane can a man be if he is taking a nine or 14-year-old girl for a wife? Is that person sane?
“As the saying goes, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That is what we are seeing now. We need to find our moral compass because we have lost it totally. If we don’t find our moral compass, things would not change for the better.
“Now when people have power or money, they try to use that to dominate other people. If the people in power who are supposed to be our reference point are getting away with murder and no one calls them to order, the younger ones might want to assume that same position in future so they can do as they like. You see a situation where people drive against traffic in Nigeria and get away with it, why would you not have everyone go haywire? Why would you not find people defiling young girls? When ministers have meetings and they go to the universities to traffic our girls for their entertainment, how do you think our society is going to be well and orderly if these are the people leading our society?
“The young ones see that those people in power get away with anything and they aspire to be like them. You see people doing nothing in the national assembly but they have a fleet of exotic cars. How much is their salary? Admittedly, they are getting far more than they deserve but in a country where you don’t have good roads, is that their priority? Consequently, the young people would believe that the way to go is to make money by any means. Nobody is thinking about what they can put into the country; instead they are looking for what they can take out of the country. That is what our leaders have done, they have looted the country,” she said.